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 as quickly as possible. 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 seen 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 as soon as possible. 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.

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900 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 353-6000