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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 Emergency Room

The experience you have in our Emergency Room is important to our team. 

When you arrive, a team member will walk you through our process, answer any questions you have and provide frequent updates on the progress of your care.  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, dependent upon condition.

Emergency Room Evaluation Process

  1. Evaluation

    During this first step, a team member will guide you to a room where a nurse and medical provider will examine you. We will draw blood or begin an IV in this care space, if needed. If these are the only procedures you need, our team may discharge you at this stage.
  2. Test Results and Treatment Plan


    After your evaluation, our team will escort you to a treatment room for your medications or to a waiting area inside the emergency department until we can complete x-rays, CT scans and/or lab results. To ensure we’re able to provide updates, tests or results, it’s important for you to remain in these areas.

  3. Re-Evaluation or Discharge


    Once our team has received your results or completed your treatment, one of our providers or nurses will guide you to a private area and provide your discharge information. This will include information about the care you received, your test results, instructions for follow-up care, prescriptions and directions on how to care for yourself when you leave.  Your care team is here to answer any questions you have about your care.

  4. Registration


    Our team may request personal contact information at any point in our process – at the end of your visit in the registration discharge area or prior to discharge. If we need pre-discharge registration, your nurse or care provider will guide you to the appropriate area, handle your registration and prepare your discharge papers and prescriptions for you.

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.

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.

Connect to Virtual Care with UNC Urgent Care 24/7

Connect to a board certified doctor anytime, anywhere for $49 or less, depending on insurance.  Use one of these convenient online or telephone options:

Call 9-1-1

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

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