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Guest Post by:

Tina Brown

I’m Tina Brown, the school nurse at Hemingway Elementary School.  I just discovered a way to solve this problem.  It’s called the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and local providers delivering care in the school setting.

By connecting the brightest minds from across the state and bringing together innovative resources and scientific breakthroughs, every child can receive access to care – when and where they need it most.  Instead of asking for a day off work and making the long trip to a physician’s office in a neighboring city, parents need only sign the consent forms for telehealth and their child will be seen during school hours. During a telehealth session, the child is at my side as I call in a provider from MUSC Children’s Hospital or the local community for a teleconsult. I can use special instruments - a digital stethoscope, a digital otoscope and an exam cam - to transmit high definition images and audio. The provider sees what I see and hears what I hear. The child’s parent is called and invited to participate in the visit over the phone, and the child’s primary care provider is apprised of the consult. Although rashes and infections are common reasons for teleconsults, the services can also support children with more serious conditions, ensuring that children with asthma, for example, are using their inhalers correctly. 

Watch the video below to see how we use Telehealth in Hemingway.

Learn more about how telehealth is improving health care access for children across South Carolina.  sctelehealth.org/muschealth

 

MUSC Children’s After Hours Care has opened a new location in Summerville, located at 4330 Ladson Road, near Midland Parkway. The clinic offers a 100% pediatric staff to treat urgent care needs when your doctor's office may be closed. Care for newborns through age 17 is offered without an appointment from 4pm-10pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm-7pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The expansive hours and short wait times will appeal to parents who need the benefits of a pediatric setting, without the hectic and frightening pace and atmosphere of a medical center emergency room. All equipment - including a state-of-the-art digital X-ray system - is sized for children.

Offering treatment for:

  • Episodic illnesses including sore throats, earaches, bronchitis, cough, colds, flu and upset stomach
  • Sprains, strains and fracture care (sports-related injuries)
  • Asthma therapies - breathing treatments
  • Point of care testing - urinalysis, RSV, influenza, rapid strep
  • Urinary catheterization
  • IV therapy for dehydration
  • Splinting
  • Simple laceration repair with glue and/or steri-strips
  • Foreign body removal
  • Transfer of any patient who needs more specialty-based care or has an acute illness that requires more serious intervention

Summerville Family & Friends Day
Stop by our new Summerville After Hours location for Family & Friends Day on Saturday, May 24th from 9am-11am. Tour the facility, learn more about our services and meet our staff. Children may bring a stuffed animal or toy to be “examined” by the doctor.

MUSC Children’s After Hours Care Locations:

SUMMERVILLE
4330 Ladson Road
Summerville, SC 29485
843-876-8950

MT. PLEASANT
2705 Hwy 17 North, Suite 100
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
843-876-2222

NORTH CHARLESTON
2750 Dantzler Drive, Unit 102
North Charleston, SC 29406
843-876-2220

Clinic Hours:
4pm-10 pm Monday- Friday
12pm-7pm Saturday, Sunday, holidays

MUSCkids.org/afterhours

 

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