Tidelands Health opens third temporary respiratory clinic to help meet surging demand
Just one week after opening two temporary respiratory clinics to care for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, Tidelands Health is opening a third temporary clinic – this one in Myrtle Beach -- to help meet surging demand.
The health system opened respiratory clinics in Murrells Inlet and Georgetown on Aug. 16, and the volume of patients has necessitated the opening of an additional location. In their first week of operation, the two temporary clinics cared for more than 330 patients.
The newest temporary respiratory clinic is located inside Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common. All three clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provide care for patients 12 and older. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-TIDELANDS.
“The significant spread of COVID-19 in our region has placed a tremendous burden on our community’s emergency departments,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “These clinics provide a convenient alternative for patients with respiratory symptoms who need care but who are not experiencing a medical emergency.
“The temporary clinics are helping patients easily access the care they need and, at the same time, are relieving some of the pressure our ERs are experiencing during this COVID-19 spike.”
Like health care providers around the region, state and nation, Tidelands Health has experienced a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in recent weeks. On Friday, Tidelands Health had 53 COVID-19-positive patients hospitalized; only seven were fully vaccinated.
The health system, which has administered more than 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date, continues to strongly encourage vaccination. Walk-in vaccination is available at three regional vaccination sites in Georgetown, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach:
- Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Harris Medical Pavilion entrance, 606 Black River Road, Georgetown, every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
- Waccamaw Medical Park West, 4040 Highway 17, Suite 204, Murrells Inlet, Monday-Thursday, 9a.m.-4 p.m.
- Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common, 2200 Crow Lane, Myrtle Beach, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Patients may also receive the vaccine during a regularly scheduled Tidelands Health Family Medicine appointment.
In addition, the Tidelands Health community health resources team offers mobile vaccination clinics at businesses, churches and organizations in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. To request a no-cost, on-site clinic, an organization should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-520-8586.