Emergencies can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anyone. To ensure area families have access to acute, convenient care all throughout Central Florida, each hospital within our vast network features a 24-hour, fully equipped emergency department staffed by specially trained doctors and nurses. From minor bumps and burns to life-threatening situations, our ER clinicians are deeply committed to providing each patient with quick, capable, compassionate care. Get our ER Wait App and know ER wait times before you arrive at any Florida Hospital.
Florida Hospital Emergency Services
When an emergency arises, it’s comforting to know that unsurpassed care is right around the corner. The Florida Hospital Emergency Department offers 24-hour on-call physician coverage for emergent and trauma specialties, including general and thoracic surgery, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, pediatrics, and internal medicine. In addition, the Chest Pain Center team has the experience and processes in place to stop a heart attack in minutes. What further sets us apart, is the level of comprehensive attention we strive to provide just minutes after walking through the door. You will experience advanced clinical care delivered with compassion and coordinated communication to patients and family members.
We are committed to providing quick yet thorough emergency care. Our process is focused on enabling our physicians to see a patient and begin their diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. With strong collaboration among all hospital departments, you can expect the highest level of medical expertise delivered in the most efficient manner possible.
As a global pacesetter on the forefront of medicine, Florida Hospital’s Emergency Department is equipped with state-of-the art medical supplies and the most advanced technology available – all backed by physicians performing the latest treatment techniques. Add to that a focus not only on the illness or injury, but rather on the whole-person – mind, body and spirit, and it’s easy to see why the community trusts Florida Hospital in emergency situations.
When should I visit the ED?
Knowing when you or someone else needs emergency attention can be critical. An emergency is defined as a serious medical condition or symptom caused by an injury or sickness, or mental illness, which arises suddenly and requires immediate care and treatment to avoid death or disability.
An emergency may include:
- A suspected stroke
- A suspected heart attack
- Complicated fractures
- Deep Wounds
- Vomiting/coughing up blood
- Major head injury
- Severe allergic reactions
- Extreme difficulty breathing
- Severe Burns
It is important to be prepared at all times for an emergency. To expedite treatment in the event one occurs, it’s advised that you keep an information card on you with the following information along with your insurance card and photo identification.
- Name & telephone number of your Primary Care Physician
- A list of your medications and any drug allergies
- Advance Directives: Living wills, Do-Not-Resuscitate orders, Power of Attorney, etc.
What to Expect During Your ED Visit
The triage process determines the seriousness of each patient's condition and determines the order in which patients will be seen.
The first thing to expect when arriving at the Emergency Department is to be evaluated by a Registered Nurse (RN). The Triage process is a quick assessment of your medical condition, and determines the order in which patients are seen and treated. During this process, the RN will ask for your name, date of birth, Social Security Number and the main reason for your visit. This is also the time that your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, etc.) will be checked. Your next steps will bet determined by the seriousness of your condition.
Urgent Vs. Emergency Care
There is also an affordable alternative to the emergency room for urgent, non life-threatening medical attention. Centra Care is Central Florida's only urgent care service provider backed by a nationally recognized hospital system. With locations throughout Central Florida, it's likely you’ll find one close to home. Centra Care provides friendly, professional walk-in medical care for all kinds of urgent (non life-threatening) medical needs including colds, flu, sore throats, ear aches, stomach aches, broken bones (with onsite x-ray) and stitches. Most major insurance plans are accepted and appointments are never needed.