Emergency Department - What to Expect

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The Emergency Department staff at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is committed to triaging and seeing patients in the first 30 minutes after they arrive. Accidents and injuries are painful enough without needing to wait for hours in an emergency room.

Here are a few things to remember when you visit the Saint Francis Emergency Department:

What is triage?
Triage is a process that ensures patients with the most critical medical problems are evaluated as quickly as possible. A registered nurse will evaluate you and ask you to provide the reason for your visit and your medical history.

Why Are Some Patients Being Triaged or Placed in A bed Ahead of Me?
Patients with life threatening or more serious medical conditions maybe triaged and place in a treatment bed ahead of other patients with less serious conditions. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If your condition worsens or changes after triage please let one of the members of the team know right away.

How Long Will The Wait Be?
You should expect to see a doctor within 30 minutes of arriving at the Saint Francis Emergency Department. Once you’ve been seen, the total length of your stay may vary depending on what tests are needed, what the diagnosis is and what treatment is required.

Be advised that if you require lab and/or other diagnostic tests, it may take up to four hours for results to return.

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900 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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