When to go to the ER
Recognize the Signs of a Medical Emergency
The main function of an emergency room is to provide urgent care to those who are experiencing a true medical emergency. In order to determine if your condition requires emergency care, we’ve developed some guidelines to help.
These conditions are considered medical emergencies and require a trip to the Emergency Room:
- Signs of stroke (loss of function on one side of the body, speech impairment or numbness of the face or arm)
- Signs of heart attack (pain or tightness in the chest, pain or tingling in arm or shoulder)
- Serious traumas or injuries (e.g., severe burns, gunshot wounds, compound fractures, deep cuts)
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe pain that impedes normal functions
- Continuous bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes (despite pressure)
- Ingestion of harmful chemicals or poison (first contact Poison Control)
- Unexplained disorientation, dizziness or fainting
- Severe allergic reactions that may cause labored breathing or extreme swelling
- Suicidal feelings
- Severe or non-stop vomiting
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Trauma or injury to the head or spine area
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, get to an Emergency Room or call 911 as soon as possible.
Take the proper precautions for potential emergencies:
- Determine the closest Emergency Room facility in your area and know the quickest route to get there.
- Have a list of your current medications with dosage in your phone and with you at all times.
- Have a list of emergency phone numbers in your phone and with you at all times. These numbers should include:
- Local police department
- Local fire department
- Poison Control center
- Your family doctor
- Emergency contacts (friends, family and co-workers)
- Wear a medical identification bracelet if you have a chronic medical condition
LESS SERIOUS INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
If you are experiencing an illness or injury that is a non-emergency, and you do not have a doctor, you can visit the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic as a walk-in patient or you can search for a physician in our online directory.
FIND A PHYSICIAN
Use our online directory to find a physician that meets your health needs and your personal preferences.
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
Dial 911 in the event of a medical emergency.