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Emergency Medicine

Get emergency care close to home at Wayne UNC Health Care. Experienced doctors and nurses are here to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our emergency room in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

Go to the emergency room (ER) if you or a loved one has an illness or injury that could cause disability or death, including:

When It's Not an Emergency

UNC Urgent Care 24/7 provides fast, convenient urgent care attention for unexpected illnesses and minor injuries. Learn more about when to use Urgent Care instead of the Wayne UNC ER.

When You Arrive at the ER

When you arrive at the Wayne UNC emergency department, our registration staff will meet you in the lobby. Your triage nurse will assess your condition and ask you about your symptoms, pain level and medical history.  Depending on your symptoms, you may have to wait. People who arrive after you, including those who arrive by ambulance, may be seen before you, dependant upon condition.

Evaluation & Treatment

While you are waiting to be seen, your care may begin with diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or other imaging tests. Lab work and X-rays usually take an hour. More advanced tests, like CT or MRI scans, may take longer.

Once you receive your test results, your emergency care doctor will further assess your condition and recommend the best next steps for you. Depending on your needs, you may be treated in the emergency room and return home. Or, you may be admitted to the hospital for further care.

Emergency Treatment Rooms

The Wayne UNC emergency department has 42 emergency treatment rooms.  For the safety of our patients, a Registered Nurse is stationed in our lobby 24 hours a day to monitor our patients for any change in condition. Our entire team is trained to handle all types of emergency situations.

Fast Track Area

If you need testing and treatment for less serious illnesses, you can take advantage of one of our six Fast Track rooms that help you get quicker care. Depend on our Fast Track area for quick care of minor injuries or illnesses, such as sprains, minor burns, and small cuts.

Follow-Up Care

Before you leave the hospital, you’ll receive written care instructions to follow at home. Get follow-up care with your primary care doctor if you have any associated health problems.

Call 9-1-1

When you or a loved one has a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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