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United States Marine Corps
Branch Medical Clinic (Active Duty – appointment based only)
35000 Guadalcanal Street
San Diego, CA 92140
Health care services provided by the Defense Department are available to you and your family at your installation. We know that finding the right health care is important, especially in special circumstances such as emergency or during recent move. Here, you’ll find information and options about the services you have regarding healthcare.
Branch Medical Clinic and Branch Dental Clinic at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego provides quality health care services for Marine recruits, active-duty Marines, sailors and Coast Guardsmen stationed onboard MCRD San Diego.
Naval Medical Center San Diego serves the greater San Diego active-duty population and has nine primary care sites for family members and eight medical clinics serving active-duty personnel. The NMCSD hospital facility has four family primary care clinics onboard the NMCSD compound, including:
The remaining medical clinics are located at military installations or near military housing. Staffed by board certified providers, the clinics provide routine primary care, laboratory and pharmacy services.
The Branch Health Clinic Chula Vista located at 644 Naples Street, Chula Vista, CA has been permanently closed and is now merged with Naval Branch Health Clinic Eastlake at 2300 Boswell Road, Suite 190, Chula Vista, CA 91914. Medical staff, patient records, immunizations and pharmacy services have all moved to the Eastlake clinic. All patients who were served at the Chula Vista clinic are now receiving general medical care at the Eastlake clinic. Naval Branch Health Clinic Eastlake can be reached at 619-881-9021 or toll-free 800-453-0491.
When you move, TRICARE moves with you. No matter where you go in the world, TRICARE is there before, during and when you get to your next duty station.
There are steps you need to take to make sure changes to your TRICARE coverage go smoothly. Understand that when you move, you may have to use a different TRICARE option. Visit TRICARE Moving to learn more.
Before you move, you should take care of any routine medical needs, including immunizations, and fill your prescriptions so you have enough while traveling. If you need care during your move, visit TRICARE Getting Care When Traveling to learn what to do.
Filling prescriptions while traveling
You should refill prescriptions before traveling. But if you run out of a prescription drug while traveling, visit TRICARE Filling Prescriptions When Traveling.
Getting dental care while traveling
Getting dental care while traveling depends on your location and whether you are a service member or family member.
With permanent change of station orders, ask for a copy of your medical and dental records from your military treatment facility and the dental treatment facility. Do this at least one month before your PCS date. The MTF should also transfer a copy of your record and any family records to your new duty station or you may be able to hand carry them to your new duty station.
If you want someone else to be able to get medical or dental information on you or your family while you are moving, you need to complete a DD Form 2870, "Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information."
For more information on getting copies of medical records, visit TRICARE Request Copies of Medical Records.
While the medical and dental facilities aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego generally restrict clients to on-board active-duty service members and recruits, Naval Medical Center San Diego serves the greater San Diego active-duty population and also provides service to certain dependents.
Access to emergency medical treatment, dental care and pharmacy facilities aboard MCRD San Diego is restricted to assigned MCRD personnel and recruits. The nearest non-military medical treatment facility with an emergency room is the University of California San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest, approximately two miles from the MCRD. You can reach the medical center by calling 619-543-6222. Several retail pharmacies are located within a one-mile radius of MCRD.
Located on Florida Canyon Drive and adjacent to Balboa Park, Naval Medical Center San Diego is the largest and most technologically advanced military medical treatment facility in the world.
Nicknamed the starship of Navy medicine, the hospital has played a vital role in the history of San Diego for more than 70 years. From the original tent dispensary established in 1917 to the high-tech, ultra-modern facility of the 1990s, the mission to provide the finest medical care available has remained constant.
There are almost a half of million people in San Diego County eligible to receive care at the Naval Medical Center. This care is provided by a military staff of about 3,000 and a civilian staff of approximately 1,200. A leader in the medical field, the hospital is a major teaching center and also operates a network of clinics located at area military installations. Through these clinics, emergency and ambulatory care is provided to the active-duty populations of all San Diego-based ship and shore commands.
Throughout its proud history, Navy Medical Center San Diego has established itself as a leader in the field of medicine. That reputation for excellence continues today as the superstar staff propels the starship into the 21st century.
The following is a list of medical services provided through Naval Medical Center San Diego:
The Branch Medical Clinic, located at the Naval Training Center at 2650 Stockton Road in Building 624, provides medical care for active-duty members and TRICARE eligible patients.
The Naval Dental Clinic, located at the Naval Medical Center on the second floor in Building 1, provides treatment for active-duty members only.