Baptist Memorial Hospital Emergency Room FAQs

When you have an emergency, Baptist doesn't want you to think twice about getting immediate care. Our Emergency Departments and Emergency Rooms are taking special steps to protect our patients, their families, and our employees.

  • Is it safe to go to the emergency room?

    Absolutely. Baptist has implemented new policies to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. You can read about what Baptist is doing to protect you and our staff here.

  • Will I be tested for COVID-19 if I go to the emergency room?

    Yes. All patients are tested as part of their treatment. If your condition or injury requires an immediate response, for your safety you will be considered COVID-19 positive and taken to a safe area for treatment.

  • What is the difference between emergency care and urgent care?

    Emergency care is needed when life or limb are at risk or if you have concerns about your immediate health. ERs are open 24 hours a day.

    Urgent care is appropriate when your condition is not as serious and you can’t get in to see your primary care physician. Hours of service vary for all Baptist Minor Med and urgent care centers.

  • What symptoms or conditions would require a visit to the emergency room?

    If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening injury or illness such as:

    • Heart attack symptoms including chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing, or pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach;
    • Stroke symptoms including loss of balance, eye and vision problems, face drooping, arm weakness, and slurred speech
    • Significant physical trauma such as a broken bone, lacerations, concussions

    It’s also appropriate to visit an ER if you have concerns about your immediate health.

    For emergencies, please call 911 immediately.