Nash UNC doctor talking to emergency patient on stretcher

Emergency Services

When seconds count, rely on Nash UNC Health Care for emergency care in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Put your care in the hands of experienced professionals working in one of the most technologically advanced emergency departments in North Carolina.

When to Visit the Emergency Room

Get medical care right away when you or a loved one experiences:

  • Broken bone
  • Chest pain
  • Deep cut or wound
  • High fever
  • Head injury
  • Seizure
  • Serious burn
  • Severe pain
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Sudden difficulty speaking, seeing, or moving
  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or another person
  • Traumatic injury
  • Trouble breathing

Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Rely on us for prompt, high-quality stroke care 24/7. Nash UNC holds Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Pediatric Emergency Services

When your child is sick or hurt, trust Nash UNC for expert pediatric emergency care. Pediatric patients can expect:

  • Radiology and imaging services designed for children and teenagers
  • Children's activities, toys or art supplies to keep your children comfortable and relaxed 
  • Doctors and nurses who have received training for providing emergency care for children 

‘Super Track’ Rooms

If you have a minor injury or illness, you’ll appreciate the quick care available in our adult and pediatric “super track” rooms. Here, you’ll find treatment for conditions such as:

  • Broken fingers
  • Sore throat
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, cough, and headache
  • Minor cuts
  • Sprains and strains

Whenever possible, your “super track” care team will have you in and out of the Emergency Care Center within an hour.

What to Expect at the ER

When you arrive at the Emergency Care Center, you’ll meet with a triage nurse. The triage nurse will quickly assess your condition. Depending on your symptoms, you may have to wait. Patients with more severe conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and critical injuries are seen first. That means people who arrive after you, including those who arrive by ambulance, may be seen before you.

Your care team may begin your treatment with diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, X-rays or other imaging tests, or cardiac catheterization.

Take a virtual tour of the emergency department.

Emergency Waiting Area

If you have to wait, a nurse will check your vital signs and update you on your wait time every two hours. Enjoy the TV, magazines, and food and drink vending machines while you wait.

Experienced Emergency Care Team

Benefit from the experience of a team that specializes in emergency care. Receive skilled treatment from:

  • Board-certified doctors, including emergency physicians and pediatricians
  • Certified emergency nurses
  • Certified sexual assault nurse examiners
  • Behavioral health specialists

Patient-Centered Care

When you’re ill or injured, count on Nash UNC to treat you and your family with dignity, respect, and compassion.

Call 9-1-1

When you or someone else has a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 right away.

Is It a Heart Attack?

Know the common signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Chest pressure. Squeezing, aching or burning
  • Excessive fatigue or weakness
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath

If you or a loved one experiences any of these signs, call 9-1-1 for emergency help. Don’t drive yourself to the emergency room.

Act FAST at Signs of a Stroke

Use the acronym FAST to spot stroke symptoms and get emergency help right away.

  • Face – Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?

Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

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