Emergency

Our Emergency Department accepts patients 24 hours a day,  7 days a week.

The goal of Meadowview Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department is to offer the highest quality health care to all patients. We strive to deliver these services in a professional and compassionate manner with physicians, mid-level providers and nurses who specialize in emergency care and specialists in many fields who are available for consultation. 

Patients with life-threatening illnesses or who need emergency treatment will be taken immediately to the treatment room. We will be happy to explain any delays and will do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable and properly informed.

Upon Arrival

We ask that you please follow the ER guidelines below upon arrival:

  • Sign in at the triage desk. We use a triage system to ensure our physicians see the sickest patients first. A triage nurse will assess each patient to determine the priority of treatment.
  • Please refrain from eating or drinking. It will shorten the wait if you need lab work, X-rays or surgery that requires an empty stomach.
  • The admitting registrar may ask for important personal information, such as your address and phone number, so please have that information available.
  • If you feel you are getting sicker while waiting, notify the staff member at the registrar’s desk, and he or she will contact a triage nurse.
  • Once you are in the treatment area, ER staff may need additional information to assist the physician in further evaluating your illness or injury. You will also be asked to change into a hospital gown at this time. Then a physician will examine you and order appropriate tests to evaluate your condition.
  • Please be patient. Consider the current demand on staff and the number of tests required for the physician to give you a proper diagnosis.
  • Remain in your room with the door closed whenever possible to help maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all our patients. A call bell is available at your bedside if you need immediate assistance.
  • The hospital cannot be responsible for your valuables, so please send all valuables home with a family member or trusted friend.
 

Upon Discharge

If you are discharged directly from the Emergency Room, you will receive written discharge directions. We will refer you to a private physician or one of our on-call physicians for follow-up care. Please let us know if you require the services of a social worker or at-home nursing care. We will refer you to the appropriate person.

Visiting

We ask that all visitors check in at the registrar’s desk before visiting a patient in the Emergency Department. The ER doors remain locked at all times for the safety and privacy of our patients and staff. We understand it is comforting to have loved ones present, but visitation may be limited to keep the room clear for emergency personnel.

Restrooms and a courtesy phone are available in the lobby for your use.