Publix Pharmacy and Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) recently unveiled the supermarket’s first two in-store Walk-In Care centers in South Carolina, with locations in Bluffton and Beaufort. The Bluffton clinic is located in the Buckwalter Place store, 101 Buckwalter Place Blvd.

At the telehealth sites, patients can speak directly with a board-certified provider via video conferencing technology. The provider can direct the patient to use the available medical tools to make a diagnosis and write prescriptions that can be picked up at the pharmacy. Visits are $59 and do not require an appointment.

In order to familiarize local residents with the new clinics, BMH and Publix Pharmacy will be hosting an open house in the store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 21. Staff will be on hand to offer free demonstrations of the technology.

Powered by the hospital’s BMH Care Anywhere online virtual care service, each telehealth center features a private room with teleconferencing and medical diagnostic equipment, including stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, high-definition cameras and other tools necessary for common diagnoses.

“We’re excited about this collaboration to expand access to care in the Lowcountry,” said Beaufort Memorial President and CEO Russell Baxley. “Our mission is to improve the health of our community, and offering walk-in care through Publix Pharmacy provides a unique way to do just that. It’s another option for patients who need care when and where it is most convenient for them.”

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