No one intends to visit an Emergency Department, but if faced with a situation that requires immediate medical attention, it is reassuring to know that Fayette County Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department is qualified to respond to all types of emergencies.
Having a medical emergency is scary and stressful for both the patient and their family. Our staff follows an assessment and treatment plan that ensures the quickest care possible, while keeping wait time to a minimum for less urgent cases.
Understanding our process will ensure the best experience possible for you, while reassuring you that your care and wellbeing is our top priority.
When you first arrive, a nurse will see you to help determine how quickly you need care. This process is called triage. The nurse may check your vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Depending on your condition, you will either move directly into a treatment area, or be asked to begin the registration process. Emergency room care is not “first come first served”. A patient’s condition may warrant that they be treated sooner than someone who arrived before them. Patients with signs of a suspected heart attack or stroke, or who have suffered severe trauma will move to the front of the line to be seen.
If you do not move directly into a treatment area, you will be asked to return to the waiting area after you have completed the registration process. If you begin to feel worse or your condition changes, please alert the staff at the registration desk, so that a nurse can be notified to come and re-evaluate you.
Once the doctor has seen you, you may be admitted to the hospital, or if your condition is one that requires a special level of care, you may be transported to another hospital where you can receive the definitive care that you need. This will happen after your treatment has begun and you are stabilized. Otherwise, an emergency doctor can discuss your treatment plan with you before you go home. You may receive instructions about medicines, restrictions and symptoms that may require a follow-up visit with your regular doctor.
Keep in mind that emergency care is not a substitute for having your own doctor. Please let our staff know if you need a primary care physician. We have many physicians right here on campus and many are accepting new patients. You may also search our Physician Directory, located on the main page, to view all the available physicians on our campus.