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Installation Overview -- Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina


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Installation Overview -- Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina

Charleston AFB Clinic

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The 437th Medical Group provides comprehensive health care services and programs for treating and/or preventing illness and maintaining health for a patient population of 24,000, including combat readiness of 4,100 active duty military personnel. Members train for maximum wartime readiness and can operate a 250 bed aeromedical staging facility. The unit also maintains mobility support teams for headquarters taskings. (Note: Retirees can only be seen if enrolled at the Charleston AFB Clinic).

All emergencies should be addressed by calling 911 or reporting to the nearest civilian hospital emergencyroom since there is not an emergency room on base. They will refer you to the closest emergerncy room. Prime patients should contact their PCMs within 24 hours after emergency treatment to get the treatment authorized.

Clinic hours are 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri. Patient care is by appointment only.

The 437th Medical Group is part of the Department of Defense Composite Health Care System (CHCS), which is a computer-link between local military medical facilities. Since all medical appointments are made through this computer system, patients must be registered in CHCS in order to make appointments. Patients can register in CHCS by coming into the Managed Care Flight Office. In our network, we provide for almost all specilties in the community.

Appointments can be made through the Central Appointments Desk at 843-963-6880 up to three weeks in advance. Patients with scheduled appointments are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time to check in and fill out any necessary paperwork before seeing the health care provider.

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