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
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
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.
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
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.