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Home Services Emergency Frequently asked questions

All levels of emergency care available around the clock

In the event of an unexpected health emergency, every second counts. Those crucial moments should be spent treating you so that you can get back to living a healthy life. That’s why we are providing you with a list of the most frequently asked questions patients ask when they visit one of our emergency departments.

When are emergency departments open?

Our emergency departments are open and available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Find the Novant Health emergency department nearest you.

When do the doctors work?

We always have doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners that specialize in emergency medicine at our emergency departments, no matter what time you visit.

What if I need more advanced care or need to be admitted?

Our emergency departments work closely with our Novant Health hospitals and healthcare specialists, as well as a variety of other healthcare partners. If you need a higher level of care or need to be admitted, our experts are located just steps away.

Do I have to pay before being treated?

We treat all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Our financial counselors are available to discuss assistance programs, payment plans and charity care programs, as needed.

I'm not sure if I need to come to the emergency department. Can you give me medical advice over the phone?

Unfortunately, the emergency department cannot provide medical advice over the phone. However, Novant Health offers a free nurse line, Care Now, for questions such as these. Now a single call will connect you to a highly qualified nurse who will carefully evaluate your needs and advise the best course of treatment for you whether it be the emergency department, urgent care or a primary care physician. Learn more about Care Now » If you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms, please call 911 and ask them to take you to the nearest Novant Health location:

  • Chest pain
  • Stroke
  • Serious injury or trauma
  • Difficulty breathing

However, many other symptoms and conditions can be treated just as effectively at a Novant Health urgent or convenient care. These include:

  • Cough
  • Sprains, strains and bone fractures
  • Sore throat
  • Cold and fever
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Rashes and bug bites
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Scratches and minor cuts

Find the Novant Health urgent or convenient care facility nearest you.