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Detention Center
A Division of Public Safety

The Detention Center’s Medical Services staff provides emergent and other necessary health care services to persons incarcerated at Greenville County Detention Center. Medical care is available 24-hours a day.

The Medical Services staff is committed to providing quality continuum of medical care and assisting in improving medical care for patients. The staff is frequently first to encounter, recognize and treat social, environmental, health and medical concerns that would impact patients.

The Detention Center Medical Services staff is comprised of a Medical Administrator who oversees a staff of medical professionals and para-professionals. These include a Part-time Medical Physician and a Full-time Advanced Practitioner who work along with nurses, critical care technicians and medication technicians. Medical clerks also perform administrative functions for the clinic. The staff utilizes protocols outlined by the physician to provide for the majority of the patients medical needs in order to meet the heavy workload and demand. Specialized treatment and diagnostic services are also available for critical medical needs. These services include laboratory, radiological (x-ray), dental, physical/occupational therapies and pharmaceutical.

The Medical Services staff answers approximately 300-400 requests for medical care each week and last year (2008) resolved over 26,000 requests. The staff also complete over 100 history and physicals each week; last year evaluating almost 6000 inmates.

Inmates are medically evaluated and treated regardless of ability to provide payment for services.

A five-dollar co-payment is charged to inmate’s account to defray the costs of medical and dental treatment in accordance with County ordinances and policies. These charges are on a per-occurrence basis.

NOTICE
Because of HIPAA confidentiality laws, the Detention Center’s Medical Services staff are prohibited from providing inmate mental health/medical information or discussing inmate history or treatment with friends, family members, attorney’s or clergy. We can, however, accept information regarding medications and history that you feel would benefit us to know about the inmate.

 

My family or friend has a medical concern and has been arrested, what do I do?

The following was prepared as a step-by-step guide to help families cope with the criminal justice system in Greenville County when a family member that has medical concerns is arrested.

Step One: Support Your Relative

  • If your family member/friend calls you and says that she/he has been arrested, help him/her stay calm and offer your help and support.
  • If she/he is already at the Detention Center (County Jail), she/he will be screened for health related concerns, upon arrival. It is very important that they be direct and honest to benefit as much as possible from this screening process. Assure your family member that it is OK to discuss his/her concerns with the staff conducting the screening, which includes the Operations Booking Staff, the Medical Staff and Jail Psychological Services staff. It is important that your family member feel safe to speak openly with the screeners.

Step Two: Send A Fax Or Drop Form Off At Detention Center

  • You may complete the Inmate Medical/Mental Health Information Form and fax it to the Division of Health Services at 864-467-2386. If you do not have access to a fax, you may drop this form off in the main lobby of the Detention Center.
    Click on form, print, complete and fax as instructed above.
  • IMPORTANT: This fax shall contain Medical information only! All other questions related to incarcerated person must be addressed to the Operations Division of the Detention Center.
  • Once you are sure your relative has been booked into the facility, fax the document to Division of Health Services at 864.467.2386. Faxes can be sent 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Step Three: Contact The Detention Center

  • Call the Detention Center at 864.467.2330 and ask to leave a Phone-In-Concern for Medical/Psychological Services staff. Inform them that your family member suffers from a medical or mental illness and describe the diagnosis and any other concerns you might have.


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