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Retiring at the OBX - Medical information

Retiring at the OBX - Medical information




For folks who have retired/live year round on the OBX, is there a place to find information about the medical facilities/doctors locally? Should more serious health issues arise (i.e. cancer/heart/etc.) where is the closest and best facilities that treat these aliments?

It appears the trend on more folks living year round in OBX is on the rise, I am interested to see if the medical facilities/availability of doctors is keeping pace.

Thanks


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The hospital here is in the Vidant healthcare system. Do a search and you should find more about Vidant. The hospital also uses a hospital in Norfolk (Norfolk General) and one at the UNC university hospital in Greenville NC.


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I recently went to the ER at the hospital in Nags Head complaining of chest pains they took me right away. They were very through and treated me very well. During the visit they diagnosed me with shingles and I got on the anti-viral medication in a timely manner.



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Here is the link to the Outer Banks Hospital's website: Click to follow link... which can be quite helpful.

When we were planning on moving down there had just been a bunch of big changes going on and initially it was a challenge to find doctors accepting new patients... That has improved. When it comes to good medical care, everyone will have their own opinion based on personal experiences, as well as taking into consideration what level of medical care and options they've had before.

Certain specialists are down here "on the beach" while for others one will have to venture farther afield to Elizabeth City, VA Beach/Norfolk, Greenville and elsewhere. However you're right that more and more people are retiring here and the needs for doctors are increasing. My impression is that Vidant is quite aware of the increasing needs.

Our own GP used to live in the Raleigh area, always vacationed down here and when his children were in college, he and his wife decided to make the move. We really like him and he has a very good medical background.




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I recently went to the ER at the hospital in Nags Head complaining of chest pains they took me right away. They were very through and treated me very well. During the visit they diagnosed me with shingles and I got on the anti-viral medication in a timely manner.

Carolina Calm


OH MAN! Shingles suck! I am a rare case where I got them twice and I had the chicken Pox twice. (same virus) lol


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I am not a year around residence, but the folks I know that are, when having any serious medical problem go to Duke Hospital
in Raleigh NC, about 4 to 5 hours away.
I've been vacationing at OBX since 1975, an an owner since 1985.
Since the early days at OBX, we have seen lots of growth which did include medical facilities.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking about retiring/moving to OBX, try it for a year, then make a decision.
With all that said, I get to OBX several times a year staying several weeks each trip. Having such a romance with the Ocean and beaches, I do look forward to each and every trip
Living close(10 miles) to Philadelphia Pa, I've been spoiled having world class Hospital at our disposal.
Having excellent medical care facilitys available is something to think about, while thinking of retiring.
This is my personal opinion, thought I might share.



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Couple of nit picky points, “UNC in Greenville, NC” is “ECU.” East Carolina University, not University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duke is in Durham, not the State capital of Raleigh.

Most folks I know who have need for cancer treatments and live on the Outer Banks will go to either Duke or UNC-CH.


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Been retired here over 20 years. We go far and wide for specialties. Most people "cross party lines" meaning not staying just with the Vident Network. Sentara in Elizabeth City and VA offer some fine services. First let me say there are some fine Doctors on the Outer Banks but not in every specialty, especially the two you mentioned(Cancer and Heart). We have some fine diagnostic Cardiologists, but if you need any kind of Surgery my circle of friends have gone to Sentara Norfolk General. Apparently its rated quite high in Heart matters. I cant speak for Cancer but I've heard you go West to Duke and UNC. Now we do have Cancer Support and Radiation Oncologist locally. Orthopedics is a toss up. I've had good treatment with our local Ortho group but for knee replacement we went to Jordan Young in Va. Urology is Elizabeth City. We do not have a GastroIntestinal specialist or other specialist like Endocrinologist, Geriatric etc. The Outer Banks hospital has pretty comprehensive diagnostic testing. We have even had good experience at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City. We have an excellent Eye Surgeon for Cataracts and Laser Surgery but heavy stuff like Retina problems we go to Va Beach. I'm sure other locals have different opinions based on their experience. Some people rate doctors on whether they are cured regardless of complexity of conditions. I guess that not a bad thing.


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Couple of nit picky points, “UNC in Greenville, NC” is “ECU.” East Carolina University, not University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duke is in Durham, not the State capital of Raleigh.

Most folks I know who have need for cancer treatments and live on the Outer Banks will go to either Duke or UNC-CH.

hoi toide

Thank you for the geography briefing.
NC State in Raleigh has one of the best Veterinary Schools in the US.
Thanks for the correction



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Couple of nit picky points, “UNC in Greenville, NC” is “ECU.” East Carolina University, not University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duke is in Durham, not the State capital of Raleigh.

Most folks I know who have need for cancer treatments and live on the Outer Banks will go to either Duke or UNC-CH.

hoi toide

Thank you for the geography briefing.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has one of the best Veterinary Schools in the US.

Whaler9818


That would be NC State in Raleigh. We were regulars at their Cardiology and Internal Medicine depts for our late Chewy. Looks like UNC only has a pre-vet tract online, but living in that area NC State is the only vet school spoken of. Top notch place and super cheap meds for your furballs.


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I agree with Pickle's summary. Local docs are pretty good with routine issues. Local hospital is also OK with simple things but they will ship you to Greenville or Norfolk for major issues. Local orthos are good for broken bones and such. I also went to Jordan Young for my knee replacements. We have given up on the local dermatologists and go to EVMS dermatology. I am beginning to wonder about the local eye doc and am thinking of changing. My husband has a local cardiologist but also has one in VA Beach. For diabetes. he goes to EVMS . Local primary care is good. However I hear that new folks have trouble getting established with a primary care doc.
Good luck. We love living here


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My buddy is a dentist who works with a large practice. A few years ago I drove by a dental office in the Manteo / Wanchese area. I was driving slow enough I could see their sign and their hours. I circled back, took a photo of it and sent it to him. They were open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-2pm. He laughed his ass off when he saw the photo and said he must be doing something really wrong working 45 hours a week Lol


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My buddy is a dentist who works with a large practice. A few years ago I drove by a dental office in the Manteo / Wanchese area. I was driving slow enough I could see their sign and their hours. I circled back, took a photo of it and sent it to him. They were open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-2pm. He laughed his ass off when he saw the photo and said he must be doing something really wrong working 45 hours a week Lol

Laszlo


A lot of M.D.’s and DDS’s/ Oral and Maxilliofacial doctors get to a certain age and will practice a more limited schedule. Monday’s and Friday’s allow them to rest and travel in their semi-retirement years. Many doctors will work well into their 70’s and some in their 80’s...


RE: Retiring at the OBX - Medical information




My buddy is a dentist who works with a large practice. A few years ago I drove by a dental office in the Manteo / Wanchese area. I was driving slow enough I could see their sign and their hours. I circled back, took a photo of it and sent it to him. They were open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-2pm. He laughed his ass off when he saw the photo and said he must be doing something really wrong working 45 hours a week Lol

Laszlo


A lot of M.D.’s and DDS’s/ Oral and Maxilliofacial doctors get to a certain age and will practice a more limited schedule. Monday’s and Friday’s allow them to rest and travel in their semi-retirement years. Many doctors will work well into their 70’s and some in their 80’s...

hoi toide


I'm pretty sure this was a younger couple


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I know the location you're speaking about. A friend has gone to this dentist for years.

We go to a very busy dentist over in Nags Head who puts in long dentist hours.

Just don't want readers to think that the hours of the place you're talking about are the norm.




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I know the location you're speaking about. A friend has gone to this dentist for years.

We go to a very busy dentist over in Nags Head who puts in long dentist hours.

Just don't want readers to think that the hours of the place you're talking about are the norm.

obxmini


Fully understand, my buddy was ready to move down ASAP...then he did the math Lol


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The Wanchese/Manteo dentist retired fairly recently after many, many years. Practice was sold to a dentist born and raised south of Oregon Inlet. Wife and I switched to her recently from another "larger" dental office and couldn't be happier. Now we don't feel like someone's trying to "buy a new boat" after seeing us!


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I agree with Pickle's summary. Local docs are pretty good with routine issues. Local hospital is also OK with simple things but they will ship you to Greenville or Norfolk for major issues. Local orthos are good for broken bones and such. I also went to Jordan Young for my knee replacements. We have given up on the local dermatologists and go to EVMS dermatology. I am beginning to wonder about the local eye doc and am thinking of changing. My husband has a local cardiologist but also has one in VA Beach. For diabetes. he goes to EVMS . Local primary care is good. However I hear that new folks have trouble getting established with a primary care doc.
Good luck. We love living here

lovingretirement

My limited experience with OBX Hospital has been for ER and imagining, mostly positive. I travel to Chesapeake for gastroenterology and Virginia Beach for urology and retina care. My general eye care, pulmonary, skin care and dentist are local. Aah growing old is so much fun!

I have been very disappointed with local primary care. I didn't want to go the urgent care route not knowing who I would see. So far I've had 3 primary care MD's I was seeing close shop. Numbers 1 and 3 gave advance notice. #2 OBX MD shut their doors without notice. I'm not kidding. I learned from my pharmacist that OBX MD had closed. Now I see a PA. So far so good with the PA.




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Some people rate doctors on whether they are cured regardless of complexity of conditions.

Pickle
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Or regardless of whether they are mostly to blame for many of their ailments. Just look at the ratio or popularity of restaurant threads on this forum compared to exercise/athletic activity threads........ Wink smiley


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I just found out that the son of my electrician has accepted a position at the hospital as a Hospitalist and should be moving there soon.

Brian will be a great addition to the hospitals staff. With his medic training there isn’t much in the trauma Dept.that he hasn’t seen.




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Yes I heard that one of the current Hospitalist Doctors will be retiring soon. The Hospitalist position is an in house Doctor who monitors newly admitted patients, overall daily care and becomes somewhat of a patient advocate. Has nothing to do with the ED.


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I'll just put in another good word for the Emergency Department. Had the bad fortune of needing to go there a while ago...and even had to go by ambulance. Everyone was wonderful. The EMTs were great. It turned out one was from the same county we used to live in in New York, but he'd moved down here initially for a job in one of the fire departments over 30 years ago. Wink smiley

I had both an excellent nurse, who happened to be a male...who was originally from West Virginia and the emergency room Doctor that took care of me was very helpful - and not just with my injury but he gave me some very helpful advice about an on going health problem I have. I've been in emergency rooms before, as I am guessing most of us have, and the experience I had there was very good. Of course I hope the medical specialties will increase down here but it felt good to see how careful and attentive the medical people I met were.


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