Emergency room (ER) in Inverness, Florida

Important Information


Your safety, above all else - ER 24/7

When seconds count and you need emergency care close to home, you can trust the rapid, life-saving ER services at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

Our ER provides expert care 24/7 to more than 40,000 patients each year, making our 28-bed facility the preferred ER in Citrus County.

If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.
Find out ER wait times by texting 'ER' to 32222.

Many of the board-certified physicians and emergency nurses of our ER hold advanced certifications in trauma training, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). By choosing our emergency room, you are choosing some of the most experienced emergency care providers in Inverness, Florida.

What to expect in the ER

Arrival and triage

When you arrive to the ER, those who most urgently require care will be treated first.

Although someone with more urgent needs may receive emergency treatment before you, you can trust we remain committed to treating every patient as soon as possible.

If you do not require immediate care, you can wait in our lobby until an exam room becomes available. If, while waiting, you feel your condition has changed, please inform the reception desk immediately.

Fast Track ER

For patients with injuries and illnesses that are less serious, we offer a Fast Track option. This service focuses on patient comfort in an expedited process, ensuring a reduced length of stay in the ER.

Registration

During registration, you will be asked to sign a treatment consent form and to provide your:

  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Personal physician name and contact information
  • Insurance information

A registration clerk will gather this information at your bedside if an examination room is available for you. If a room is not available, and your emergency is not life-threatening, you may be asked to remain in the reception area until a room is ready for you.

If your emergency is not life-threatening, you will be escorted by a member of our care team when a treatment area becomes available. It is important to keep in mind that patients are escorted to exam areas based on triage and severity of condition, not by order of arrival.

Medical screening exam

Once an ER specialist evaluates the urgency of your medical needs, you will receive a medical screening exam by a member of our doctor care team. This team is made up of ER physicians, physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). A member of this team will conduct a medical screening exam, reviewing your vital signs and medical history.

Diagnosis, testing and treatment

After your medical screening exam, you may require blood work or imaging tests, such as an X-ray, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Our goal is to keep patients comfortable while conducting tests as quickly as possible.

A member of the doctor care team will return to evaluate your condition and determine the best course of treatment. At this time, you will receive the results of any tests performed and you will either be discharged or admitted to the hospital for further care.

Admission or discharge

Most patients are treated and discharged to go home from the ER. If your ER physician determines you can go home, you should:

  • Follow the provided written instructions for at-home care
  • Take all medications as prescribed
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your personal physician

If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be transferred to a patient room and we will notify your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, a hospitalist (a doctor specialized in treating patients in the hospital) will coordinate your care while you remain at the hospital.