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Emergency Services

EmergencyEmergency Services are offered at Northeast Georgia Medical Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Highly qualified, board-certified emergency medicine physicians provide 24-hour coverage, and the use of a physician on-call list insures the availability of additional specialists as needed.

The Emergency Department houses 44 beds including:

  • 14 trauma beds and two major trauma rooms
  • 9  "fast track" beds, which are available from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. for speedy patient care in less critical situations
  • 8 chest pain beds, for quick and accurate diagnosis

Deciding if You Need Emergency Care

If you have an illness or injury that is life-threatening, go to the emergency room.

Typical illnesses and injuries that should be treated in the emergency room include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Uncontrollable pain or bleeding
  • Poisoning (First, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-282-5846, as many poisons require immediate home treatment such as vomiting or water dilution)
  • A severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or sting or to a medication, especially if breathing is difficult
  • A major injury, such as head trauma or a hard blow to the chest
  • Unexplained dizziness, drowsiness or disorientation
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Signs of a heart attack that last two minutes or more. These include:
    • Pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest
    • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
    • Shortness of breath along with or before chest discomfort
    • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
  • Signs of a stroke. These include:
    • Sudden weakness or numbing of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
    • Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
    • Loss of speech or trouble speaking
    • Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause
    • Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or falls when accompanied by other stroke symptoms

If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

For minor illnesses or injuries, visit one of our three Urgent Care locations.

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