Coming to the Emergency Department
Emergencies happen. And we’re prepared. But because your trip to the ED is probably not planned, the following tips will help us serve you better when you arrive. Here’s what you’ll want to know about us and what we’ll need to know about you.
When to Come
Do not hesitate to come to the ED if you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency such as:
- Stroke symptoms (loss of muscle control, slurred speech, etc.)
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Bleeding injuries
- Broken bones
- After-hours sprains and strains
What We Need to Know About You
First, all arriving patients need to sign in at the reception desk. It is helpful for you to have the following information on hand:
- A list of all current medications
- Pre-existing conditions
- Recent medical procedures
- Known allergies
- Care preferences or restrictions
However, do not delay your visit to locate this information. In an emergency situation, get to the ED as quickly as possible.
Emergency Department Location and Parking
The Owensboro Health Emergency Department is located on the first floor of the hospital. When coming to the ED, use the Breckenridge Street entrance, and follow the signs.
Parking is available in the connected Visitor Parking Plaza. The first floor of the parking plaza is designated as ED parking, and there is an entrance under the covered drive for patients to use.
Visit About Your Visit for more hospital information.
Owensboro Health is committed to providing the safest possible environment for our patients, visitors and staff. Our state-of-the-art security system gets patients into the ED quickly while providing peace-of-mind.
To enter the waiting area, we ask visitors to pass through the scanning system, located at the main entrance, whenever possible. This process takes only a few seconds.
However, we understand some situations may require a faster entrance, so a second set of doors is provided for direct access to the ED. Patients entering the alternate doors will be scanned by security personnel.
Need Medical Advice?
Have health questions? Concerned about a fever, rash or other symptom? Before you make an unnecessary trip to an urgent care center or emergency room, call us. Your call will be answered by an experienced registered nurse at Owensboro Health. Note: In case of a medical emergency, dial 911 immediately.
Learn more about the Owensboro Health Call Center