When minutes matter in Richmond, Virginia

The Parham Doctors’ Hospital emergency room is prepared to handle any medical emergency you have, any time of day. Our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and have additional training to care for kids. Our focus is to ensure you are getting the best care as quickly as possible.

You can find out our average wait time in our emergency room by texting ’ER’ to 32222. If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Maps & Directions

Should you visit the ER with severe stomach pain?

Abdominal pain is the single most common reason that American patients visit the ER, accounting for close to 7 million visits every year. Stomach pain is something almost everyone experiences and can occur for many reasons, with widely varying degrees of severity. So when is stomach pain severe enough to warrant a visit to an urgent care, walk in clinic or emergency room?

If the pain is abnormally intense and feels as though you need help right away, see a doctor immediately. 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

Appendicitis is an especially sensitive emergency. An inflamed appendix can rupture (burst), causing severe infection and even death. If you experience the following symptoms, be sure to seek medical treatment immediately.

  • Pain or aching in the right side of the abdomen, sometimes accompanied with swelling
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low fever that starts after pain begins

People with certain medical conditions may require emergency care more quickly.

Stomach and abdominal pain may be an indication of a more serious issue for individuals with certain medical conditions. If you identify as an individual with any of these medical conditions in combination with severe abdominal pain, you should visit an emergency department immediately:

  • Individuals who recently had endoscopy or abdominal surgery
  • Women who are pregnant or who could be pregnant
  • Individuals over age 45 experiencing upper abdominal pain or tightness in the chest (may indicate a heart attack)
  • Individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery

You need the right care at the right place. Sometimes it's hard to know if you should seek emergency care, urgent care or schedule an appointment with your provider.

Our Coming to the ER  guide can answer some of those questions. You can also contact a nurse, 24 hours a day at 804-320-3627.

Expert care, comfort and convenience

Our top priority is ensuring you get the care you need quickly and that we provide it with the compassion and comfort you from an HCA hospital.

Our medical team consists of experienced general surgeons who specialize in surgical issues including hernias, esophageal reflux, diverticulitis, colon cancer and diseases of the gallbladder, stomach, spleen, pancreas, esophagus and small intestine.

Additionally, our emergency room offers:

ER amenities

Our commitment to central Virginia reflects in our efficiency and care for our patients. When an emergency strikes, we want to make your experience as smooth as possible. We offer free Wi-Fi and complementary valet parking if you or a loved one needs to visit our hospital facility.

Patient safety is our top priority

Parham Doctors’ Hospital was among 750 hospitals in the country to receive an “A” ranking for meeting the highest safety standards in the United States and protecting patients from harm. The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to create better healthcare and safety, provides the spring 2018 Hospital Safety Score and uses public hospital safety scores to assign scores to hospitals twice a year.

Read more on Parham Doctors’ Hospital receiving this high honor.