In Case of Emergency: Where to Find Help in Myrtle Beach


With most Myrtle Beach vacations, the biggest emergency you’re likely to run into is a slight sunburn or the occasional un-budgeted cost. Both are easy enough to deal with. But from time to time you need to find help for an emergency while you’re still on vacation. Here are some tips to help you deal with those emergencies:

• Ask staff for help.

Whether you’re at a Myrtle Beach hotel or attraction, the staff should be able to call for help or direct you to the nearest urgent care or ER, including calling for a taxi or ambulance or telling you where the nearest hospital is located.

• If you have time, call your insurance company.

If you’re dealing with a sick child and it doesn’t seem to be an emergency, it may behoove you to call your insurance company before you head to the doctor’s office. They may be able to point you toward in-network doctors, which could mean significant savings in the long run.

• Before you leave: Keep medication in your carry-on.

If you fly, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on baggage. While airport efficiencies seem to be making lost luggage more rare, it’s not worth the risk. It’s also smart to carry doctors’ phone numbers, insurance cards and prescriptions. You may also want to carry a card for each member of the family that has a brief outline of medical history.

• Pack a personal first aid kit.

In addition to your normal medications and a couple of emergency cut and scrape treatment tools, it may be a good idea to pack your kit with treatments for common travel ailments. Do your kids get colds easily? Does anyone in the family get motion-sickness or gastro-intestinal distress? It’s a good idea to pack some of those treatment items, as well as some pain-reliever.

If you find you need care in a hurry, you’re in good hands. Myrtle Beach has great local hospitals. Here’s a list of hospitals and urgent care clinics in the Myrtle Beach area:

Beach Urgent Care
9672 N Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
809 82nd Parkway, Myrtle Beach

South Strand Medical Center
5050 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach

And don’t forget: your Myrtle Beach hotel staff is a great resource for help if an emergency arises while you’re on vacation. Don’t be afraid to ask!

Posted 4/25/13