Welcome to Branch Health Clinic, Diego Garcia. We are a tenant command onboard U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia and our parent command is U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan. We are designed and staffed to provide routine and urgent care to residents of this very isolated island located in the Indian Ocean.
- Family Practice/Military Medicine
- Basic Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology and Physical Therapy
- Routine Military Immunizations (Supplies may be limited)
- Overseas/Sea Duty Screenings
- Military and Civilian Physical Exams (Annual, Flight, Occupational, etc.)
- Emergency Medical Response (Ambulance Service)
- Routine and emergency dental treatment including limited dental laboratory services.
Clinic personnel respond to medical emergencies on base, but it is not an emergency room. If a medical emergency condition develops which is beyond the scope of the health services provided here, the patient will be air evacuated to a higher medical echelon.
Eye Care and Eye Wear
Though general eye care is available, corrective lens prescriptions cannot be written or filled on the island. Those who wear contact lenses should bring an extra pair of lenses and a pair of glasses. If you wear glasses, be sure to bring two pairs and a current prescription. Glasses for active duty beneficiaries may be ordered by the Branch Medical Clinic with a current prescription, however, this is a slow process. Even if you do not wear corrective lenses, it is still advisable to bring sunglasses designed to block ultra-violet rays.
Because the clinic is designed and equipped to primarily treat general medical conditions, anyone requiring referral or ongoing care from cardiology, dermatology, gynecology, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedic, ophthalmology, or psychiatric specialties will not be considered suitable for this isolated duty station. If you have an ongoing medical or dental condition, you must obtain special clearance through the Overseas Screening Process before you transfer.
Personnel transferring to Diego Garcia should attend to any medical or dental problems which require surgical treatment prior to departing their last duty station. Since the supply chain for the island can be lengthy, incoming personnel are also advised to bring a three month supply of any prescription medication they require on a routine basis.
Personnel are strongly encouraged to resolve any TRICARE issues prior to departure from previous duty. The following web sites may be used as references: www.tricare.osd.mil and for the TRICARE Active Duty Family Member Dental Plan use: www.ucci.com
Email for Overseas Screening inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org