Emer­gency Medicine

At Onslow Memorial Hospital, our Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 with specialized and highly trained emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, patient care technicians, and diagnostics technicians. Our team provides excellent patient health services in a healing and family-centered environment, close to home.

What to Expect

During this first step, a team member will guide you to a room where a nurse and medical provider will examine you. We will draw blood or begin an IV in this care space if needed.

After your evaluation, our team will escort you to a treatment room for your medications or to a waiting area inside the emergency department until we can complete x-rays, CT scans, and/or lab results. To ensure we’re able to provide updates, tests, or results, it’s important for you to remain in these areas.

Once our team has received your results or completed your treatment, one of our providers or nurses will guide you to a private area and provide your discharge information. This includes information about the care you received, your test results, instructions for follow-up care, prescriptions, and directions on how to care for yourself when you leave.

Our team may request personal contact information at any point in our process – at the end of your visit in the registration discharge area or before discharge.

The Emergency Department Offers:

  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Highly skilled emergency medicine staff, supported by experts in other specialties
  • Full-service Laboratory
  • A private radiology suite for the Emergency Department
  • Telemedicine for Neurology 24/7
  • Dedicated Stroke Nurse

Understanding Wait Times

We understand that waiting in the emergency department can be stressful. If you or someone you love is ill or injured, rest assured that the staff of Onslow Memorial Hospital is working hard to serve every patient as quickly as possible. There are occasions when many patients use our services at the same time. You are important to us, and we work hard to reduce waiting times but cannot control when emergencies occur. While in the waiting room, if your condition worsens, please see the triage nurse immediately.

All of our patients are important to us, but priority is given to Emergent or Urgent patients. If you feel that your condition has changed while you are waiting, please notify the triage nurse so that you may be reassessed.

While we try to handle patient care as quickly as possible, some diagnostic tests take longer than others. Getting results for one test may take less than an hour, while another could require up to three hours.

Some patients require specialized care, and that requires being transferred to another facility. We will do everything to initiate transfer as quickly as possible, but transfer times are dependent upon availability at the receiving facility and specialized medical transportation options; however, we will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable and taken care of while waiting.

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