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Tampa Community Hospital
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Emergency Care

Emergency Room in Tampa, FL

Gold Seal

Whether its chest pain, broken bones or a deep cut that needs stitches, we're prepared to take care of your medical needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our board-certified Emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses and paramedics are trained to handle any medical crisis. We are committed to providing immediate, expert care for children and adults.

  • Private patient triage area
  • Comfortable treatment rooms
  • 7 Fast-track rooms for less serious illnesses and injuries
  • Advanced patient monitoring equipment
  • Industrial health/company care occupational health program; provides post-accident care including drug screens & breathalyzer testing
  • Pediatric treatment room

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.

ere's what you can expect while you are in our Emergency Room:

Arrival and triage

Upon entering our ER lobby, you will be greeted by a specially-trained EMT and taken into an exam room.

People who require the most urgent care will be treated first. This means it may be possible someone may be treated before you even if you arrived first. It is, however, our commitment to treat every patient as soon as possible. If you are in any immediate danger you will be taken immediately to an exam room. If your injury or illness does not require immediate care, you may be asked to have a seat in our lobby until an exam room is available. If, while waiting, you feel your condition has changed, please inform the reception desk immediately.

Registration

During registration, we 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.

Evaluation

Once you are in an exam room you will receive a medical screening exam by one of our emergency room physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners. 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.

Treatment

Your treatment will depend on your physician's orders after the medical evaluation is complete. Our 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.