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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. In addition to life-threatening conditions, emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections.

Emergency services in Southwest Virginia

In an emergency, every minute counts.

At LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, our emergency physicians are ready to help everyone who comes through our doors. We treat life-threatening conditions like heart attacks and strokes, as well as injuries and wounds. Your health is our top priority, 24/7.

When to visit the emergency room (ER)

If you're experiencing any of the below symptoms or conditions, you should visit the ER:

  • Animal bites
  • Breathing issues
  • Chest pain
  • Concussions
  • Head injuries
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Signs of a stroke
  • Signs of a heart attack
  • Suspicious insect bites
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Uncontrolled bleeding

Emergency services we provide

We want make your visit to the ER as quick and comfortable as possible. When you arrive at the emergency room, we let you know what to expect during your time at the ER, and we encourage you to ask questions so you have the information you need.

Fast and effective emergency care

We were the first hospital system in Southwest Virginia to use new technology that connects our hospital with emergency medical services (EMS) in the field through a cloud-based communication network and mobile app. This advanced system enables our ER specialists to diagnose a life-threatening event (such as a stroke, heart attack, shock or sepsis) before you even arrive at our emergency room.

It also allows us to activate the appropriate healthcare team to begin administering immediate, lifesaving care as soon as the you arrive. This further increases your chances of a successful recovery.

Our advanced emergency services

Our top priority in the emergency room is to quickly and carefully treat your condition. We offer 24/7 services, free parking, free Wi-Fi and short wait times.

Additionally, we are an Accredited Chest Pain Center through the American College of Cardiology. This accreditation was given for excellence in rapid, effective diagnosis of and treatment for heart attacks.

FastTrack ER

If you need immediate medical attention but are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, our FastTrack ER provides expedited care.

FastTrack ER services are available 24/7 and can be accessed through the emergency room entrance. This service treats non-life-threatening care, such as:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Back pain
  • Bites
  • Burning urination
  • Chronic constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Chronic cough and cold
  • Earaches
  • Non-life-threatening wounds
  • Prescription refills
  • Rashes
  • Sore throats
  • Suture removal

Emergency room wait times

Check the top of our website or text "ER" to 32222 to find out the wait times of the HCA Virginia emergency room closest to you.

What to expect from emergency care