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Emergency

For a life-threatening emergency,
call 911


Quality emergency care, conveniently located

When you have a medical emergency, every second matters. At Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, we are committed to providing quality emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for ER Wait Times.

We hope you never need our expert emergency care, but if you do, we’re always here. Our emergency department is equipped with patient-monitoring systems, advanced imaging technology, on-site labs and surgical suites.

State-of-the-art emergency care

Our medical center also features a helipad that facilitates MEDEVACs or air ambulance transfers of patients to trauma and other specialized units. This allows us to accept patients from remote areas without local hospitals or facilities capable of providing the level of emergency care needed.

We also utilize LifeNet, a web-based data management system that allows emergency responders to send test results from the field to the hospital in advance of the patient’s arrival. Instead of waiting for a patient to arrive by ambulance, physicians and staff can get to work on a treatment plan several minutes before the patient even arrives.

ER wait times

As an additional convenience, you can find ER wait times on our website. These times are updated every five minutes to give you the average time from registration to being assigned a doctor.

When to go to the ER

Don't hesitate to come to the emergency room (ER) if you experience any of the following:

  • Injuries from an accident or fall
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath or unusual nausea
  • Stroke symptoms: sudden numbness or weakness of face, arms and/or legs; trouble speaking, severe headache with no known cause
  • High fever and vomiting that continues nonstop for several hours
  • Seizures
  • Signs of meningitis: severe headaches, neck/joint pain and stiffness, vomiting, high temperatures, cold extremities

When to go to the urgent care

Many types of non-life threatening injuries or illnesses can be treated appropriately and more affordably at an urgent care location.

  • Allergies
  • Animal bites
  • Asthma, mild to moderate
  • Broken bones
  • Colds and coughs
  • Cuts, including cuts requiring stitches
  • Earaches
  • Fever or flu
  • Infections
  • Sore throats
  • Sprains
  • Upset stomach
  • Urinary tract infections