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 The Cherokee County Health Department offers many services to local citizens. The health department lab is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00am to 11:30 pm & 12:00pm- 4:30pm and Friday 7:00am-11:30am for your convenience.  Regular clinic hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Walk-ins are welcome for most services. We are now accepting walk-ins and appointments for clinic visits and sick visits.  We accept all major insurances and also use a sliding fee scale for clinic charges.

*This institution is an equal opportunity provider*

Murphy Office
(828) 837-7486
228 Hilton Street
Murphy, NC 28906
Lab: Mon.-Thurs. 7am-4:30pm

        Fri. 7am-11:30am

Clinic: Mon.- Fri 8am-5pm

Andrews Health Center
(828) 835-4536

15 High School Drive

Andrews, NC 28901
Mon. thru Fri. 8-12 & 12:30- 4:30


Environmental Health
(828) 835-3853 
228 Hilton Street
Murphy, NC 28906 
Mon.-Fri. 8am-12pm & 1-5pm

David Badger, Health Director

Candace Baldwin, Clinical Supervisor  

Sick Visits

  • Diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat, bladder infections, pink eye, and infections of the ears, nose and throat
  • Treat minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, and skin conditions such as poison ivy, ringworm, lice and acne
  • Provide a wide range of wellness services including TB testing, and lifestyle programs such as smoking cessation and diabetes prevention program.
  • Provide care to adults and children 18 months and older for most services**

Family Planning

A gynecological exam and method of birth control are provided to teens and adult women. The health department offers birth control pills, Depo Provera, Implanon, Mirena and Paraguard IUDs, condoms, Emergency Contraception or Plan B, and diaphragms. A sliding fee scale is applied to all eligible patients and we also accept Medicaid. The clinic is staffed by a female Nurse Practitioner and public health nurses. All services are confidential.

Appalachian Prenatal Clinic

Prenatal care is available to all pregnant women in Cherokee and Clay counties. The health department’s prenatal clinic offers comprehensive prenatal care including education, labs, physicals, routine visits, and postpartum care. The clinic is staffed by a female Nurse Practitioner and contract physicians, Dr. Holder and Dr. Phillips. We accept Medicaid for payment. If you do not have Medicaid, we bill according to a sliding fee scale.

Laboratory Services
A special 38-item blood chemistry profile is available for $30.00. Other lab services can be provided with a physician's order.  Chemical and bacteriological watering testing are available for test.

WIC Services (Women, Infant and Children)

WIC (Women, Infant, Children) is a nutrition and health program for pregnant women, new mothers and young children. WIC provides supplemental food, nutritional education, and breastfeeding support to eligible Cherokee County women and children.  A breastfeeding peer counselor is also available to assist in breastfeeding education and management. 

*Who is Eligible for WIC?*

For more WIC information please Click Here

For additional resources see Cherokee County Department of Social Services


Children's Immunization

Immunizations are available free to children who meet the criteria for VFC (Vaccine for Children) Program. To be considered eligible for the (VFC) Program children must be 18 years of age or younger and meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Medicaid eligible,
• American Indian or Alaskan Native,
• Uninsured,
• Underinsured children: children who have private health insurance but are not covered for vaccines, children whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-not eligible for covered vaccines only), or children whose insurance caps coverage at a certain amount- once that coverage amount is reached, these children are categorized as underinsured; or
• Unaccompanied minors without proof of insurance presenting to local health department existing Title X clinics.

Adult Immunizations

Immunizations are available for adults.  Fees are charged for some of these vaccines.  Walk-ins are welcome.

TB skin tests are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Child Health Nurse Screening

This program offers a complete physical exam by a registered nurse for Medicaid eligible children.  Visit includes assessment of medical problems and referral for follow up with a physician.  Kindergarten physicals are also available by appointment.

Breast/Cervical Cancer Screening Program 

Breast and cervical cancer services are available to women 21-75 years of age with gross incomes <250% of the federal poverty level, according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and who are uninsured or underinsured.

Services include: Breast and cervical exams, Blood pressure, Colon cancer screening , Health education & counseling, Pap smears, Mammograms


Women's Health Program

This program offers a physical exam and pap smear to eligible women.  There is a fee for this clinic.


Medication Management

This program provides assistance to residents in applying for medications from pharmaceutical assistance programs. There is an $8 fee per prescription per refill up to a maximum of five prescriptions.   Out-of-county residents will be charged a fee of $10 per prescription per refill regardless of the number of prescriptions.

Health Education

Health education is provided to individuals, community organizations and schools within Cherokee County. The health educators promote healthful lifestyles in social and physical environments.

Cherokee County Latching Infant Car Seats (CLICS)

CLICS is a program that provides affordable car seats to families that meet program guidelines. Education is also provided on proper installation techniques by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Pregnancy Care Management

Nurses are available to serve as a care manager during pregnancy.  These nurses assist expectant mothers with appointments for prenatal care, counsel on healthy habits during pregnancy, and make referrals for pregnant women for prenatal care, transportation, Medicaid childbirth classes, dental services, WIC and counseling.

Care Coordination for Children (CC4C)

Nurses are available to serve as a case manager to assist families with children from birth to five years. These nurses assist families with referrals for medical care, transportation, Medicaid and dental services.  They also assist at-risk children to access care, and work as a resource for concerns or family needs.

Communicable Disease and STD Management

Case management and medication therapy are provided for tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.  This program's goal is to protect the community from communicable disease.  Education on infectious disease is provided on a one-on-one basis.

Smart Start

Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) share information with childcare providers about child development, health and safety concerns and child health.  CCHCs provide information, referrals and technical assistance to child care facilities to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children.

FREE HIV Testing

HIV Testing is available at the Health Department Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  There is no charge for HIV testing and no appointment is necessary.  HIV results are available approximately 14 days after testing.  We also offer HIV testing with a faster test result for a fee.



Last updated: 7/11/2017 4:03:40 PM