When you need health care in an emergency, you can count on Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) in Gainesville. In fact, more than 100,000 patients trust their emergency care to NGMC each year.
Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians and expert nurses, paramedics and technicians. Our extensive on-call list of specialty physicians, from our medical staff of more than 500 doctors, ensures you have access to the clinical experts you need. The Medical Center’s emergency services are supported by county-owned and operated emergency medical transport services.
Our Emergency Department has 115 total beds including:
- 84 beds for traditional emergency treatment
- 15 observation beds for patients who need testing but do not need to be admitted to the hospital
- 9 beds in a specialized unit to treat patients with behavioral health needs and coordinate transfer to Laurelwood, our onsite mental health and substance abuse treatment hospital
- 5 “super track” beds to quickly treat patients with minor medical conditions
- 2 beds for trauma patients or patients who need to be resuscitated.
Do I Need Emergency Care?
If you have a life-threatening illness or injury, go to the nearest Emergency Department. Please call 9-1-1, and do not attempt to drive yourself!
Conditions we treat in the Emergency Department include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe shortness of breath
- Uncontrollable pain or bleeding
- Suspected Poisoning (immediately call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-282-5846, as many potentially dangerous substances require immediate home treatments such as the induction of vomiting or water dilution)
- A severe or worsening allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting, or to a medication, especially if breathing becomes difficult
- A major injury, such as a blow to the head or chest
- Unexplained dizziness, drowsiness or disorientation
- A blood producing cough or the vomiting of blood
- Persistent vomiting
- Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
- Signs of a heart attack that last two minutes or more. These include:
- Pain, pressure, fullness, or squeezing in the chest
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath along with, or just prior to, chest discomfort
- Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness
- Signs of a stroke. These include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, the arm or leg on one side of the body
- Sudden dimming or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
- Loss of speech or difficulty speaking
- Sudden onset of a severe headache without an associated injury
- Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or falling accompanied by other stroke-like symptoms
Do I Need Urgent Care?
For minor illnesses or injuries, visit our Urgent Care centers. Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week, there are four convenient Urgent Care locations to serve you. Click here to view our Urgent Care locations.