When should I call 911?
Calling 911 should be reserved for medical emergencies and serious accidents. In the case of chest pain, shortness of breath, uncontrolled bleeding, stroke symptoms, falls or severe burns, a call to 911 is in order.
How long will my visit to the Emergency Center take?
That depends on a whole host of factors. But suffice it to say, virtually the minute you enter the Emergency Center, a triage nurse will evaluate you and assess the severity of illness and begin your tests right away based on established protocols. The tests may include lab work, which takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour; X-rays, which take about an hour; and CT scans, which can take several hours. These tests are all part of diagnosing and treating your illness or injury appropriately. Nurses will keep you informed of your status throughout your stay and will help to make sure that you and your family are comfortable and cared for.
What is the current wait time at the Lawrence General Emergency Center?
Click here for the current wait times in our Center. Instructions for receiving times via text message are also located on this page.
What types of specialized treatment do you provide?
Our Emergency Center is a certified Level III Trauma Center capable of treating, diagnosing and stabilizing all types of trauma. You may be stabilized and transferred to a Level I trauma center in Boston if needed or treated right here at LGH in your own community.
The Emergency Center is a certified Stroke Center, enabling us to diagnose and treat patients who may be having a stroke. We are able to use "clot- busting" medications if appropriate to treat the stroke. Neurologists are on call 24x7 to consult and assist in your care.
Patients presenting with symptoms of a Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) are able to receive advanced treatment in our state-of-the-art Cardiac Cath Lab. A team is on call 24x7 to respond and intervene with life-saving angioplasty treatment.
The Emergency Center has a team of specially trained nurses to treat the victims of sexual assaults. Of the various hospitals in the area, Lawrence General is the only one registered as part of the Commonwealth's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and we are able to treat children as well as adults.
What if my problems are mental rather than physical?
We are also able is able to provide emergency mental health care to those in a psychiatric crisis in conjunction with Health Education Services.