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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. In addition to life-threatening conditions, emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections.


Emergency rooms (ERs) in Largo, Florida

Accidents happen fast. Emergency care should, too.

Which is why the HCA Florida Largo Hospital emergency room teams treat you with rapid, compassionate care. Our three conveniently located emergency rooms — two in Largo and one in Clearwater, Florida — get you out of the waiting room and in to be treated quicker. All our emergency rooms are also open 24/7 and staffed with emergency care specialists.

Together, our goal is simple: to get you the care you need, when you need it most.

High-quality emergency care

Our emergency rooms are prepared to handle any medical emergency you have, any time. 

Our emergency room features

We make each visit as quick and comfortable as possible for you. To do this, we are proud to offer a variety of emergency services and features at our hospital, including:

  • Access to our board-certified emergency medicine specialists
  • 27 patient beds at our main emergency room
  • Referral capabilities to on-call physicians from all medical specialties

Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Our main campus is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, as designated by The Joint Commission — a leader in healthcare accreditation.

This certification means our program meets the exacting national standards for safety and quality while providing rapid stroke treatment.

Freestanding emergency rooms

For your convenience, we have a freestanding emergency room in Clearwater, HCA Florida Clearwater Emergency. We also have an emergency room at our facility on Indian Rocks Road in Largo, HCA Florida Largo West.

Our emergency room in Clearwater has 12 patient beds and our Largo emergency room has 18 patient beds, including a four-bed behavioral health ER for patients experiencing mental health crises.

Our priority at our all our emergency rooms is the same: to give you the rapid emergency care you need with the compassion you deserve.

Behavioral health emergency care 

In another effort to meet all your needs, we have a four-bed behavioral health emergency room at HCA Florida Largo West.

This four-bed behavioral health emergency room helps anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. We provide a comfortable atmosphere with advanced safety features to ensure you feel safe while you receive treatment.

Our emergency room wait times

When it comes to emergency care, our goal is to continually work toward enhancing the care you receive, while reducing our wait times. This ensures you get the care you need, when you need it most.

Our wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are available on our website and digital screens on roadside billboards throughout the region.

To find out the wait times of the HCA Florida emergency room nearest to you, check the top of our website or text "ER" to 32222.

Note: Message and data rates may apply. Emergency room wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only.

When to go to the emergency room

We understand it can be hard to know what type of medical care you need, like whether you should go to the emergency room or wait for your doctor's office to open. 

However, we want you to feel secure about your choice for care, which is why we've created a list of symptoms that may indicate you need to visit the emergency room:

  • Back pain, when it is unbearable or accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness, confusion, slurred speech, vision loss or loss of control over bladder or bowels
  • Broken bones, when the pain is severe or there is a visible deformity
  • Chest pain, when it is crushing or squeezing and accompanied by other heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea
  • Concussion, when you have lost consciousness, even briefly, or experience amnesia, vomiting, slurred speech or a seizure
  • Flu, when symptoms become severe, such as having trouble breathing, vomiting uncontrollably or becoming dehydrated
  • Side pain, when it is severe and occurs in the lower right stomach, side or back or is accompanied by fever, nausea, diarrhea or blood in the urine
  • Stomach pain, when accompanied by a hard or tender stomach, nausea, shortness of breath, fever or irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing, when breathing stops, is noisy or high-pitched and comes with pain in the chest or severe shortness of breath

If you are unsure if your symptoms require an emergency room visit, you can speak to a nurse 24/7 by calling our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 741-5115.

What to expect at the emergency room

When you get to the emergency room, one of our triage nurses will assess your symptoms and vital signs. Next, a registration clerk will collect your insurance card (if available) and other information.

We medically screen, evaluate and stabilize all patients — whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay.

Anyone who has severe, life-threatening illnesses or injuries will be treated first. Everyone else will be treated in the order they arrive.

Before discharge, we encourage you to ask our emergency care teams any questions you have. It is also useful for you to keep all of your paperwork, discharge information and medicines or prescriptions together after you leave the emergency room.

After discharge, our emergency department staff will reach out to your primary care provider to ensure they are updated on your care.

What to bring to the emergency room

When coming to the emergency room, we recommend you bring:

  • A list of medicines you currently take
  • A list of known allergies
  • Copies of results from recent medical tests, if available
  • Personal care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

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