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November 1, 2007

Valdosta - A health care option for many south Georgians is going away but that doesn't mean patients are out of luck .

South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta will soon shut down its convenient care centers.

The centers, which offer walk-in services for patients, will officially close in December.

Hospital officials say since the new Emergency Department opened last summer, convenient care has seen fewer than 60 patients a day.

Now, former walk-in patients will now be referred to the ED, which was built with convenient care in mind.  "In the new Emergency Room, a fast track component to the ER was designed to absorb the convenient care patients so we want to consolidate that business in to one area of our campus," says George Hardy, administrator at SGMC.

Hospital Administrators say they haven't decided what to do with the convenient care buildings.

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