Visits to the emergency room happen unexpectedly and leave you wanting the fastest possible medical care. In fact, the most common reasons that patients come into the ER almost 120 million times per year are for injuries or poisonings. In either case you need attention from medical staff in a timely manner.
That is why University Hospital has made ER wait times one of our primary focuses. We have taken measures to make our wait times the shortest in the area. We also make our wait times available to the public 24 hours a day so that you know what to expect when you are on your way to the hospital for emergency medical care.
Our staff is not only trained in emergency medicine, they are trained in efficiency. We have changed the process involved in checking in to the emergency room to emphasize quick care. The usual process involves: coming in, checking in at a desk, being sent to another area to fill out paperwork and then being sent to yet another room to wait for a doctor. At University Hospital, and our sister hospitals, we have made the process both easier and faster for our patients. In most cases we can put patients directly into examination rooms. Our staff will come to you to get the necessary information and the doctor will be sent your way immediately. We take away some of the hoops you have to jump through in order to get fast emergency care. Our system works better than others and is designed with the patient in mind first and foremost.
We also like to keep you informed. We update our ER wait times every half hour, every day. You can find our wait times on our website or from your iPhone or iPod touch while you are on the go. We have an app that you can put on your iPhone here or you can text ER to 23000 to get accurate, up to date wait times for all of our hospitals in the area (message and data rates may apply. For more information visit texterhelp.com). This resource will help out a lot if you or someone that you are with is injured while you are out and about because you can find fast wait times around South Florida.
We recommend that you take wait times into account when you are choosing an emergency room in or around Broward County. Our emergency departments have ER wait times that are lower than the national average on a regular basis. Our commitment to efficiency shows in both our medical care and our statistics.