Dec. 2, 2011
Naval Hospital Beaufort Modifies Immunization Clinic Hours of Operation
Starting this week, Naval Hospital Beaufort has modified the current hours of the immunization clinc as part of ongoing efforts to improve services and better meet the needs of beneficiaries. The new hours of operation for the clinic will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hours for providing immunizations to patients will be from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Because of the potential risk of an adverse reaction, immunizations will not be given unless a nurse is present in the clinic, and all patients receiving an immunization must remain for a 15 minute observation period. Because the clinic nurses’ shifts end at 4:15 p.m., the last immunization will not be given after 4:00 p.m., to allow for the required observation period and ensure patient safety.
When the immunizations clinic opens at 7:30 a.m., a hospital corpsman will be at the front desk to greet and check-in patients and prepare any needed immunizations. Clinic nurses will arrive at 7:45 a.m., at which point the first immunization may be given. After the nurses end their shift at 4:15 p.m., a corpsman will remain at the front desk until 4:30 p.m., to assist patients with any questions or print out records.
For more information, contact Regena Kowitz, public affairs officer, at 228-5306.
Open since 1949, Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical, and emergency services to all active duty personnel, as well as retired military and family members residing in the Beaufort area, a total population of approximately 45,000 beneficiaries.