The decision to head to the emergency room can be a life-saving one. Learn when to make that call.
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The Woman's Hospital of Texas Pediatric ER

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When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

Emergencies are not always obvious, “get to an ER fast!” kind-of moments. Sometimes you find yourself worrying about crying wolf. But in that moment, making the decision to call 9-1-1 or go to an ER could save a life.

Bayshore Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Conroe Regional Medical Center

East Houston Regional Medical Center

Kingwood Medical Center

The Woman's Hospital of Texas

Corpus Christi Medical Center

Mainland Medical Center

Pearland Medical Center

Rio Grande Regional Hospital

Valley Regional Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center

Emergency Room or Wait? Make The Right Call

So, when and how do you make that decision? Start by taking a look at the top five reasons Texans visit the emergency room at HCA Gulf Coast hospitals or stand-alone 24-hour emergency centers in Houston, Pearland, Conroe, Corpus Christi, McAllen and your own backyard:

Evolving Emergency Services to Fit Real Life

There is a perception that waiting in the hospital ER is unavoidable. After all, the sickest people have to be seen first, which means everyone who can wait does just that, right?

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Not anymore. At HCA Gulf Coast hospitals and emergency rooms, we challenged ourselves to let go of old ways and redesigned our emergency room services around how patients really use them. The result is a faster, more patient-friendly experience that provides medical treatment quickly and with the highest quality care.

How Fast is “Fast” for ER Wait Times?

How about 10 minutes? You shouldn’t have to wait longer than that. When you visit one of our 20 ERs to be assessed by a qualified health professional, our goal is that you will be seen within 10 minutes of arrival. Of course, longer wait times can still happen, but our short ER wait times are proven to make a huge difference in the comfort and well-being of our patients. About ER Wait Times

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The Fast Track for ER Treatment

At most emergency rooms, long wait times happen when sicker patients come in and bump you down the line. Not at HCA Gulf Coast ERs. Our specialized Intake Team (nicknamed Fast Track at some hospitals) makes sure you are seen quickly, regardless of the level of care you need.

After a quick check-in, you’ll meet our Intake Nurse who gathers information and determines what you need. If your illness or injury doesn’t require emergency monitoring (anything from a cut to a broken bone or even flu-like symptoms), you’ll be on the fast track. The Intake Team takes vitals, orders lab work, can prescribe medications and get you on your way quickly (or into an ER bed if further treatment is needed).

Our Intake Team is just one way we make sure patients needing all levels of care can be seen quickly.

Emergency Care: When and Where You Need Us

With 20 emergency rooms across the Gulf Coast region, you are never far from help when you need it. Use this site to get familiar with the most common reasons people across the greater Houston metro area and South Texas visit the ER. If you know the signs, you will know how and where to get help if needed.

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