Locals and visitors alike sometimes find themselves (or their children) sick or injured at an inconvenient time, but not serious enough to go to the emergency room. Urgent care is the perfect option, offering medical attention without an appointment or previous relationship with the physician. Thankfully there are many options throughout the Grand Strand with a variety of services and hours, including x-rays at some.
Doctors Care is an urgent care chain that spans the enter area with 8 locations and one in Georgetown. Hours at each location vary, so be sure to call before going in. Services include x-rays and lab work.
And here’s a little helpful tip. The Doctors Care spot closest to my home allows you to call ahead. If you’ve previously been seen there, you can call and get on the list. Then they’ll give you a call back when there are a few patients ahead of you, rather than requiring you to sit there for hours.
Another option is the Minute Clinic at CVS pharmacies. This one is less for the “I’m seriously ill and need a doctor quick!” case and more for someone who suspects something routine like an ear infection, sinus infection, or strep throat.
They are staffed with nurse practitioners and can dispense prescription medication. In the Grand Strand there are four locations: Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach. You can check out a map here, which also includes links to the individual Minute Clinic locations with their phone number and hours.
Beach Urgent Care also offers urgent care services, including x-rays and on-site lab. They have two offices, one in the Restaurant Row area of Myrtle Beach and a second in the downtown area.
If you feel like you must see a pediatrician there is Grand Strand Pediatrics, a local group with several offices, throughout the area. To my knowledge, they do not accept walk-ins, but absolutely accept tourists and new patients.
And when you just can’t wait for office hours and the emergency room is necessary, here is a list of them. If you’re visiting or new to the area, your best bet may be to call 911 and be transported via ambulance so you can avoid traffic and get medical attention as soon as possible.
Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
Conway – Conway Medical Center
Surfside/Garden City – South Strand Ambulatory Center
Murrells Inlet/Pawleys Island – Waccamaw Community Hospital
North Myrtle Beach/Little River – Seacoast Medical Center
If you know of additional urgent care options in our area, feel free to add them in the comments section.
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