Responsive Medical Services from Fayette County Memorial Hospital
No one intends to visit an Emergency Department, but if faced with an Emergency
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 well-being is our top priority.
Understanding the Process
When you first arrive, a nurse will see you to 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.
Receiving the Treatment You Need
Once the doctor has seen you, you may be discharged home, 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. If you are discharged home, an emergency
practitioner will 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 to view all the
available physicians on our campus.
Have more questions about our emergency care services? Call us today. If
you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 now.