Whenever you move to a new duty station, the location of the medical hospital or clinic is usually an important piece of information for families, especially those that have young children. MacDill AFB has a great clinic on base that is located along Bayshore Blvd near the Bay Pines Golf Complex. A new clinic is being built near the gas station on base and is scheduled to be open during 2009. The clinic on base does not have in-patient capabilities and so any patients, including active duty service members, requiring procedures that require overnight hospitalization are sent out to civilian hospitals. The clinic does not have an emergency room. The nearest civilian hospital is Tampa General Hospital located at Davis Island near the Channelside district of Tampa. MacDill AFB personnel requiring emergency room assistance are sent to Tampa General. Tampa General is about a 10 min drive from MacDill AFB. If you are enrolled in Tricare Prime and live within a 30 minute drive of MacDill, then dependants are required to enroll and be seen at the MacDill AFB Clinic. To make appointments on base, call 813-828-CARE (2273) from 7am to 4:30pm. There are same appointments available, but you need to call in the morning. If you have any questions about being seen on-base or off-base, then there is a Tricare Office located on Bayshore Blvd right before the clinic that can provide you plenty of help. The personnel at the front desk are very knowledgeable. If you are not sure what type of Tricare program you are enrolled in then stop by the Tricare office for help. This is very important especially if are newly married! You can also call 813-828-CARE (2273) for Tricare questions.