Emergency Services at Rhode Island Hospital

My Emergency Department Visit Explained

Patients often have questions about what to expect during their visit, and the steps involved in their care. Read below to learn more about what you can expect.

Why Is There a Wait Time?

We work hard to keep wait times as short as possible for everyone.

The emergency department is always open to any patient with health concerns. We will check and examine everyone, and we will help with as many problems as we can.

However, there are times when the ED is very busy, and we must always treat the most dangerous emergencies first. Many patients who arrive by ambulance are waiting in another area that you might not be able to see.

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Emergency Department Wait Time Infographic