Visiting the ER
Visiting the Emergency Department can be a stressful experience. Know that the staff at Magnolia Regional Medical Center strive to make your visit as quick and comfortable as possible. Knowing what to expect when the visit the Emergency Department can make your visit even better. A few things to know before you come:
- It is recommended that individuals maintain an “emergency file” containing your insurance cards, a list of all medications you take, chronic conditions you may have, past surgical procedures, and all allergies. Please bring this information with you when visiting the Emergency Department.
- Upon arrival to the Emergency Department, unless you arrive by ambulance with a life-threatening injury, you will be assessed by a triage nurse who will take a brief history of your conditions, measure your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate), and will report the findings to the physician on staff.
- The physician on staff will prioritize your case in terms of urgency. Patients will not be seen in order of arrival, but rather by urgency of condition.
- Be sure to notify your nurse or physician if your condition changes while you are in the Emergency Department. This will help the staff to better treat your condition.
- Be prepared to wait. Because patients are seen based on urgency of condition, it is hard to determine what your wait time may be. Bring a book or magazine with you to read, or something to keep you busy while you wait.
- If diagnostic testing is done in the Emergency Department, please know that it may take some time for the physician to receive the results of that test.
- If you need to be admitted to the hospital, please be aware that it may be a little while before you are taken to your room.
- Patients deemed to be non-emergent may be required to pay a fee prior to receiving medical care or medications.
- All patients visiting the Emergency Department will be assessed a triage fee, even if you leave before receiving medical treatment.
- You will receive at least two bills from your Emergency Department visit. One will be from Magnolia Regional Medical Center for your visit and services provided during your visit. The other will be from Emergency Staffing Solutions for the physician’s professional fees.