Registration & Discharge
Visiting the emergency department can be traumatic. At LRH we do everything we can to make the registration process as convenient as possible for you. The following is what you can expect during registration at LRH's emergency department:
Important Documents & Information for Your Visit to the Emergency Department
- Keep medical records, including immunization records, and a list of all medications you are currently taking, updated and bring them with you.
- Have the name and phone number of your primary physician available.
- Inform medical personnel right away of any allergies.
The registrar will ask you or (if you are too ill) a family member:
- Why you are in the Emergency Department (ED).
- Your name, address, and the name of your family doctor.
- The registrar will review your insurance information with you. If you have no insurance, the registrar will give you information about the Financial Aid Program.
- The registrar will also ask you or your family member to sign a consent form. This allows the hospital to treat you in the ED and to bill your insurance.
How long will you have to wait?
There are many factors involved in how soon you will be treated including:
- The severity of your injury or illness
- The volume of patients on that given day
Please understand that the most seriously ill and/or injured patients are treated first. Medical care in the emergency department is not offered on a "first come, first served" basis.
We know that extended wait times for care in the Emergency Department can seem painfully long. Unfortunately, there are many factors beyond our control causing extended use of Emergency Departments.
Please understand that our average wait time is well below state and national norms. If your injury or illness is severe your wait time will be dramatically less than these averages.
Follow up instructions about how you can see a primary care provider or specialist will be given to you at the time of discharge. If you do not have a provider, we can refer you to the appropriate physician for follow-up care. You will also be given information about any signs and symptoms, which would alert you to return to the ED. Please ASK if you do not understand your follow-up care instructions. We will review the information with you to ensure you understand.
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