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Emergency Care

No one can prepare for a medical emergency. When the unexpected happens, trust the experts at Parham Doctors' Hospital to get you or a loved one help as soon as possible.

From broken bones to cardiac emergencies, Parham Doctors' Hospital is best in class for convenience and quality, with an average ER wait time of less than 10 minutes. Our expert triage teams assess each patient as they arrive, which means there is also virtually no wait time for potentially life threatening conditions, such as chest pain, stroke, or stomach pain.

Parham Doctors' Hospital Emergency Room Fast Facts

Common Reasons to Visit the ER

Heart Attack

Chest pain is often a symptom of heart disease. It occurs when the blood vessels leading to the heart are blocked. This results in less blood, and therefore less oxygen, reaching the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen, chest pain and other symptoms result. Chest pain of any kind deserves a medical evaluation to determine its cause.

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Cold sweat
  • Sudden pale color

Stroke

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or a burst. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.

Learn to recognize a stroke quickly:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Severe Stomach Pain

Abdominal pain is the single most common reason that American patients visit the ER, accounting for close to 7 million visits per year. Stomach pain is something almost everyone experiences from time to time and can occur for many reasons, with widely varying degrees of severity. So when is your pain, or that of a loved one, severe enough to warrant a visit to an emergency room?

Listen to your “gut”. If the pain is abnormally intense and feels as though you need help right away, see a doctor immediately. Below are some guidelines that will help you decide whether or not your stomach pain needs emergency care.

Be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach is tender to the touch
  • Persistent Nausea or Vomiting
  • Unable to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High Fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomiting blood