Observation Unit - Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Observation Unit

The Observation Unit at Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Dedicated care for patients needing evaluation

Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Observation Unit is designed to provide dedicated, personalized care for patients who need evaluation and treatment for a limited period of time – generally less than 24 hours to up to 72 hours.

Conditions that may require observation include chest pain, kidney stones, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, asthma or COPD, and musculoskeletal conditions like back pain and cellulitis, among others.

The unit is staffed by hospitalists, emergency department nurses, and advance practice providers, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Our team provides expedited evaluations, therapeutic interventions, and coordinated services to safely discharge a patient home or determine the need for inpatient admission.

Patients are strongly encouraged to bring any prescription and non-prescription medications to the hospital, or have a family member bring them once it is determined they will be placed under observation. Medications will be stored in and dispensed from the hospital pharmacy while patients are in observation.

The Observation Unit is located on the hospital’s second floor, or 2 Central, adjacent to the Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. There are three private and six semi-private rooms, each equipped with a television and a phone. “At Your Request” in-room dining is available to patients whose condition permits them to eat.


Beaufort Memorial supports patients’ desires to have visitors while they are in our care. Regular hospital visitation hours will be observed as long as they do not interfere with the patient’s medical condition, or that of any roommates or other patients in the area. Exceptions may be made for patients who come to the unit outside of visitation hours and are subject to staff discretion.

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