What to Expect When You Arrive
Patients who arrive at a Lakeland emergency department are treated based on the severity of their medical needs. Patients with a serious or life-threatening illness or injury must be cared for immediately, which may mean patients with less serious conditions need to wait.
Upon arrival at our emergency department, patients are first seen by a triage nurse who asks questions about their symptoms, medical history and checks vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc., to determine the seriousness of the patient’s condition.
The time a patient spends in the emergency department is determined by what types of tests and procedures are needed. It may take up to several hours for the physician to receive the results and determine the best treatment options and whether the patient should be admitted to the hospital or released. If released, the emergency physician may refer the patient to a physician or a specialty clinic for additional treatment.