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Phoebe opens Sickle Cell outpatient unit

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Sickle cell patients now have easier access to pain treatment.

Phoebe Putney Hospital just opened a new Sickle Cell Outpatient Unit. It will help patients get medication faster to relieve symptoms.

Phoebe officials say it's needed because of the large number of sickle cell patients in southwest Georgia.

"[Patients need] to be treated in a timely fashion and quicker such that we potentially prevent them from having to be admitted into the hospital," said Phoebe Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Krywicki, "and to able to be discharged directly from that unit with their pain managed and continue with the outpatient care."

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On March 17th It will begin operating 24-hours a day.

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