Brunswick County to close adult health clinic

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Brunswick County health services staff are working to help current patients transition to new healthcare providers as they prepare to close the county’s adult health clinic.

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the clinic’s June 1 closure at an April 20 meeting, according to Brunswick County Spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

“The clinic was started approximately 10 years ago to offer screening, diagnosis and management of health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure, and treatment of minor illnesses like the flu and gastric upset,” Hutcheson said. “The clinic accepted Medicare and Medicaid, along with many insurances, had sliding scale fees, and operated a mobile health unit in an attempt to reach citizens in all areas and all income levels of the county.”

Since the clinic first opened, five similar clinics have opened in or near Brunswick County with federal funding. One of these clinics has submitted for grant funding to open another clinic location in Brunswick County, Hutcheson said.

“Without the resources to fully operate the clinic, and with additional options with better resources now available to residents, the Board of Commissioners agreed to close the clinic effective June 1,” she said. “Closing the clinic will also allow Brunswick County Health Services to better and more efficiently use its existing resources.

“No new patients can be seen in the interim, and staff will work with existing patients to ensure a smooth transition.”

Existing patients with questions about this transition can call 910-253-2360, or call 910-253-2250 to obtain copies of medical records.