What to Expect
What will happen when I arrive in the Emergency Department?
Level 1 – Immediate; life threatening
(Example: someone whose heart has stopped or someone who is not breathing)
Level 2 – Emergency; could become life threatening
(Example: someone involved in a major accident with severe life threatening injuries or someone who is having difficulty breathing)
Level 3 – Urgent; not life threatening
(Example: someone with abdominal pain)
Level 4 – Semi-urgent; not life threatening
(Example: someone with an earache or a minor cut requiring sutures)
Level 5 – Non-urgent
(Example: someone with minor symptoms or needing a prescription renewal)
How long will my wait time be?
To help expedite your visit while you are waiting for a treatment room to become available, the nurse may arrange for certain lab tests and/or x-rays to be done based on your illness or injury. This is meant to save time, as the Physician will be able to treat you more quickly if the test results are readily available.