UPDATE: Free COVID-19 Testing in Northern Beaufort County

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UPDATE: Beaufort Memorial will host free COVID-19 testing events on July 15 and 29 in Northern Beaufort County. The event, in partnership with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, Beaufort City Police Department, and Lady’s Island-Saint Helena Fire Department, are part of a statewide effort to provide broad access to testing, especially in rural areas.

These events will be:

Wednesday, July 15, from 7 – 11 a.m. Lady’s Island Middle School: 30 Cougar Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907. (Enter Cougar Drive from Sea Island Parkway)

Wednesday, July 29, from 7 – 11 a.m. Battery Creek High School: 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC 29906. (Enter Blue Dolphin Drive from Jennings Road)

Pre-Testing Process: Participants are encouraged to complete and print the COVID-19 Testing Form available on the BMH website at https://www.bmhsc.org/news/free-community-covid-19-testing-events . Bring the completed form and two additional copies to the testing event. Blank forms will also be available onsite.

Testing Process: All testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. A physician’s order is not required. BMH staff will collect test specimens using kits supplied by DHEC. DHEC will run all tests through its state laboratory and communicate the results to BMH. BMH staff will notify patients about their results within 48 hours after DHEC delivers them. Participants should expect to receive results within 5 to 7 days after test collection.

Reporting Process: The BMH Infection Prevention team will call anyone who tests positive and provide detailed instructions for self-isolation, self-care, and home disinfection. Those who test negative will receive a text notification or phone call.

TeleHealth Now at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic

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We are so excited to officially launch our Telehealth program here at the Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic. Telehealth is an online program that allows virtual patient-to-clinical contact, care, and treatment. For your safety and convenience, our providers and nurses can meet with you in the comfort and safety of your home using Telehealth. Some of the uses of Telehealth include medical assessment, care coordination, prescription assistance, health education, and referrals to specialists.

Making an appointment is easy. Just call 843-470-9088 and ask to schedule a Telehealth visit. From there, you can pick from a variety of flexible appointment days and times. Once your appointment is made, begin making a list of questions to ask your provider. When it is time for your appointment, you will be sent a link via text or e-mail that gives you access to a private HIPPA compliant room to meet with your provider.

There are a few things you will need for your appointment:

  1. A smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera
  2. Internet access (preferably Wi-Fi in order to avoid cellular data lag)
  3. Your permission granted for texting and e-mail. We will need your verbal or written permission in order to contact you via text or email.
  4. A space in your home where you can have a private uninterrupted talk with your provider
  5. Your medications for your provider to see.

With help from telehealth, we are able to continue helping our patients during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. If you have any further questions about Telehealth, please call 843-470-9088.

Good Neighbor Wishes Judy a Happy Retirement

Please join us in extending best wishes to Judy Gough, who is retiring from Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic. Judy has been an esteemed member of our team for 6 years, and she will be greatly missed by volunteers and patients alike. We have all benefited from her compassionate care, enthusiastic personality, and spiritual leadership.

In her youth, Judy was led by God to attend nursing school, despite her fear of blood. After many years working in hospitals and clinics, Judy found herself volunteering at Good Neighbor (thanks to Judith Erikson and Phyllis Gibson). From the start, Judy has enjoyed every moment of her time at GNFMC. According to her, “the close-knit Christian environment of the clinic, along with the fantastic patients make working at GNFMC so rewarding.” As a nurse, Judy showed love and kindness to all of her patients. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.

We wish Judy well as she starts a new chapter in her life. In her retirement, she plans to spend more time with her three children and nine grandchildren. She also hopes to pick up new hobbies such as painting and ceramics. Judy is excited to see where God will lead her during her retirement.

Cheers to you, Judy! Thank you for the time and dedication you put into this clinic. We are forever grateful.

We ask you all to join us in donating to Good Neighbor Medical Clinic in honor of Judy’s hard work and dedication to others. You can Donate Here.