Our Emergency Team includes board-certified emergency physicians and Certified Emergency Nurses (R.N.s). Our lead physicians and physician assistants are certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support. All of our medical staff members hold certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The medical staff maintains proficiency and on-going education in the areas of cardiology, pediatrics, trauma and various other areas of emergency medicine.
The Huntsville Memorial Hospital Emergency Department also offers state-of-the-art laboratory, radiology and cardiopulmonary equipment and services.
Upon arriving at the Emergency Department, each patient is assessed and evaluated by a Registered Nurse in order to determine the urgency of the illness or injury. The most critically ill or severely injured patients will be seen immediately. All patients will be seen as soon as possible depending on the volume of patients receiving care at that time.
It is important to know when to visit an ER. Check your symptoms to determine whether you have an emergency illness or injury.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are not in immediate danger, Huntsville Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department serves men, women and children who have experienced or, believe to be victims of dating violence, sexual violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Walker and surrounding counties.
For additional support call the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
Anyone, of any sex, race, and ability, gender, gender identity, and gender expression can experience sexual assault. If you’ve been sexually assaulted – even if you are not sure – you can contact Huntsville Memorial Hospital’s Forensic Nursing program by calling 1-888-801-5565 and asking to speak to the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) on-call. A dedicated SANE nurse will return your call within 30 minutes with free, confidential help day or night.
Things to remember if you decide to have a SANE exam:
- Do not shower, bathe, wipe/wash yourself, or douche
- Do not eat, drink or smoke cigarettes
- Do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth
- Do not change your clothing. If you have already changed your clothing, bring the clothes with you in a paper bag that were worn during the assault
- Bring a change of clothing with you
If you have already done one or all of the above it will not prohibit you from having a SANE exam.
Sexual Assault Resources
If you were sexually assaulted less than 122 hours (five days) ago, there is still a chance to have a forensic exam to collect DNA evidence. Even if the window for a forensic exam has passed, medical attention may still be an important step if you are experiencing bleeding, physical discomfort or any other abnormal symptoms. Even after five days, you can still file a police report if you so desire. Filing a police report is not required to have an exam administered.
If a survivor chooses to go to the hospital for a forensic exam, they have the right to have state-certified advocate accompaniment. Several Walker County entities provide advocacy to sexual assault and domestic violence victims, and our SANE nurses can help with the referral process to an appropriate counseling service. An advocate can be dispatched from the SAAFE House to meet the victim at the Emergency Department. The advocate can stay the duration of the exam and provide a number of services to both the survivor and their friends and family who might have accompanied them.
Reporting to Police
A SANE nurse can help you decide to report the crime to, if you choose to do so. Or, you can call the appropriate Agency:
Huntsville Police Department: (936) 435-8001 (Non-Emergency Dispatch)
Walker County Sherriff’s Office: (936) 435-2400
FIND A PHYSICIAN
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VISIT HMH CLINICS
HMH has four specialty health clinics to meet the needs of our community. Capabilites include primary care, surgery, orthopedics and dialysis.
110 Memorial Hospital Dr.
Huntsville, TX 77340
The ER is open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.