Sadly, my experience with the ER at at Memorial Regional was not the best. We are new to the area and I love the fact that the hospital is in close proximity. I was suffering from abdominal pain and was doubled over- my mom who used to work in an ER said I need to go in and get evaluated. I was brought back quickly and placed in a room within 10 minutes which was wonderful, but things went down hill. They decided to put in an IV which periodically worked. The doctor came in briefly to evaluate my conditions and ordered a CT. Sadly, when the person from the department came to get me they could not do a CT with contrast because my IV wasn’t working. My mother tried to let them know that I wasn’t getting fluids but the staff was too busy to check on me. Shortly after the CT the nurse came in and shared that they couldn’t find anything and that the doctor would be in shortly to discharge me.
2.5 hours later the doctor came in with discharge papers, no diagnosis and a I hope you feel better. I think the total amount of staff interaction was 3 for the nurse, two for the doc and once with X-ray in a 5 hour period of time I was there. They shared that all of the sudden the ER got busy...aren’t they prepared for that? I couldn’t even get a cup of water or at least ask for one.
BTW - you might want to ask if your doctor is part of a practice Emergency Medicine Associates. They charge an after hours fee at an ER that is not covered by insurance.