If you believe you or someone you love is having a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 and let the EMS responders handle transportation to the ER.
Whether it's chest pain, broken bones, a deep cut that needs stitches or some other medical emergency, you can trust the ER staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa to care for you when it matters most. Our emergency room in Tampa Bay is prepared to handle your medical needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are committed to responding to your emergency as fast as possible. Our high-quality 18-bed emergency department includes:
- Private patient triage area
- Fast-track for less serious illnesses and injuries
- Comfortable treatment rooms
- Advanced patient monitoring equipment
We know that medical emergencies are stressful. Our staff is committed to easing your fears by providing frequent progress reports about your diagnosis, condition and treatment. Here's what you can expect while you are in our ER.
How do emergency rooms work?
When you arrive at our emergency room, a registered nurse will conduct an initial exam, take your vital signs and complete a brief medical history. Triage helps our ER staff determine the severity of your emergency and allows us to take care of the most urgent cases right away. That's why someone who arrives after you may be treated before you.
Our team is committed to keeping our ER wait times as low as possible, but we also need to treat critical patients first. If your condition changes while you are in the waiting area, please notify the triage nurses for re-evaluation.
During registration, our ER staff will ask you to sign a treatment consent form and to provide your name, address, phone number, personal physician and insurance information. For your convenience, if an exam room is available, a registration clerk will gather this information at your bedside. If a room is not available, and your emergency is not life-threatening, you may be asked to remain in the reception area until a room is ready for you.
Once you are in the treatment area, a physician will examine you and order any tests needed to evaluate your condition. Depending on the type of illness or injury, a nurse may start an IV or obtain a blood or urine sample, or you may undergo diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or a CT scan. Our goal is to keep you comfortable and conduct tests as quickly as possible. Some tests take longer to complete, and we appreciate your patience as we work to provide you with the most prompt, courteous, and comprehensive emergency care we can offer.
Your treatment will depend on your physician's orders after the medical evaluation is complete. Our ER staff will keep you informed about what to expect during every part of the treatment process.
Admission or discharge
Most patients are treated and discharged to go home from the emergency room. If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be transferred to a patient room and we will notify your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, a physician on our staff - called a hospitalist - will coordinate your care while you're at the hospital.
If your emergency room physician determines you can go home, you will receive written instructions about how to take care of yourself after you leave the hospital. It is important to follow these instructions, take all prescribed medications and schedule a follow-up appointment with your personal physician. If you have questions about your discharge instructions, please ask your nurse.
Our 12-bed intensive care unit provides highly skilled nursing for critically ill patients. Using advanced patient monitoring technology and sophisticated medical equipment, we provide continuous, comprehensive care for patients with serious conditions, including those recovering from heart attacks, surgery, stroke, severe accidents or complex illnesses.
A comprehensive approach
To meet each patient's unique needs, we follow a multi-disciplinary approach that involves doctors, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, physical and respiratory therapists and social services. Our team is dedicated to providing expert healthcare and to treating patients with the compassion and respect they deserve.
Advanced care, by design
Special monitoring equipment keeps our nurses constantly informed about each patient's vital signs and alerts the staff to any changes in a patient's condition. Because we use electronic medical records, authorized members of the patient's care team have instant access at all times to the most up-to-date patient information. Physicians can view this information, via secure Internet access, from any computer in the hospital, from their offices or even from home.
A large nurse workstation, located right outside the patient rooms, enables the ICU nursing staff to respond quickly to emergencies or any other patient need.
Again, if you believe you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 for transportation to the nearest emergency room.