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Call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency.
At Wythe County Community Hospital, our Emergency Room (ER) team is staffed 24/7 with emergency physicians, nurses, and staff who are trained in providing emergency care. Our team combines advanced training with compassionate service to be ready for you or your family when you need it the most.
As a patient, you will be cared for by staff trained to respond to any type of medical emergency. We understand a visit to the ER can be a very stressful time; therefore, you should expect us to communicate with you and guide you through your situation. You should always ask questions if you do not understand.
The national recognition we’ve earned demonstrates our staff’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care including:
American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Accreditation
Wythe County Community Hospital received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available. As an accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive:
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack CLICK HERE.
It can be confusing sometimes to decide when your medical condition warrants a trip to the emergency room. Some examples of major illness or injury which constitute a trip to the emergency department are:
When in doubt, come immediately to the emergency room.
When you enter the emergency room, the first step will be triage. Triage is a process that makes sure that patients with the most serious needs are treated first. The emergency room is unable to treat patients on a first-come, first served basis, so please be patient. The triage nurse will ask about your symptoms, take your vital signs and ask for a short medical history. The nurse will then classify patients according to need:
Unless your situation is critical, you may experience a wait time. Some reasons for your wait may include:
If your condition changes while you are waiting, please notify the nurse or registration clerk immediately.
If you brought a loved one or family member to the emergency room, you may be separated from the patient. This may happen if he or she urgently needs treatment, needs tests performed, or the emergency area is too congested to safely care for patients. Emergency staff will keep you informed should this happen, but please feel free to ask any questions.
The goal of the emergency room is to see patients as quickly as possible. Sometimes long waits are unavoidable. If you feel your wait is excessive, please ask the nurse for assistance.