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Upstate hospitals urge patients with non life-threatening emergencies to visit urgent care, not emergency rooms

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Upstate hospitals are asking only those with life-threatening emergencies to visit emergency departments in order to see all patients needing serious, immediate help as coastal evacuees come to the Upstate.

Many evacuees are coming to the Upstate because of Hurricane Matthew and some are in need of medical care, prescription refills and dialysis services.

In order to fulfill the requests of all patients in the area, hospitals are urging people with minor care illnesses or prescription requests to visit urgent care officers or their local pharmacy to fill prescriptions.

A spokesperson with the Greenville Health System also said to note that special medical needs shelters are for those requiring low level but constant supervision, such as respiratory or cardiac patients, and their caregivers.

Evacuees with special medical needs should call the triage number, 800-868-0404.

Dialysis patients can contact the clinics below for appointments:

DaVita Greer Kidney: 864-877-4432

DaVita Upstate Dialysis Center: 864-271-3700

DCI: 866-424-1990

American Renal Association: 1-855-556-6556

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