Life-threatening situations require immediate medical intervention: Call 911
About ER Wait Times
If you are experiencing a medical emergency and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.
Our ER wait times are calculated in near real-time and updated every 15 minutes. The wait time is approximate and is for informational purposes only. Because new patients arrive frequently, your personal experience may vary from the posted times. Many factors can affect our wait times - such as patients with trauma, life-threatening injuries or illness, or arriving by ambulance. Patients with a life-threatening condition will always be seen before those with less-serious illnesses or injuries.
Meriter - UnityPoint Health's Emergency Services Department (ED) is open 24 hours-a-day, every day, to anyone who needs emergency treatment.
Our ED is staffed by physicians who are board certified in Emergency Medicine. Our registered nursing staff maintains certifications in the specialty areas of pediatric emergencies and trauma care.
We pride ourself on easy access to care and treatment. We offer two separate, easily marked entrances - one for patients arriving on their own, and one for patients arriving via ambulance. Parking is available right next to the main ED entrance for patient convenience.
Our waiting room features a television, wireless access, current reading materials and oxygen hook-ups for pulmonary patients. Beverage and food vending machines are nearby for family and friends of patients.
Our Pediatric Center cares for more than 5,000 children each year for emergency care because their parents trust Meriter’s emergency physicians and nursing staff, who provide care 24/7 to our youngest patients.
The Pediatric Center was designed with the family in mind and includes a child-friendly waiting area.
Rest assured, our team, who is specifically trained in handling children's medical needs, will work closely with you and your child's pediatrician to ensure the highest quality of care.
If you experience symptoms, call 911 and have emergency personnel get you to the hospital - they are experts in managing emergencies and have the knowledge and equipment needed to begin treatment of your heart. EMS maintain two-way communication with the Emergency Department, so that care can be continued as soon as you arrive at the hospital.
When to Call 911
Medical emergencies happen far more often than you may think. In Madison, one of every three persons is treated for a medical emergency each year. Chances are that you, a close friend or family member will need emergency care during the course of an average year. Because seconds can make a difference, it's important to become familiar with the emergency numbers in your area. If you live in Dane County and have a life-threatening emergency or need an ambulance, call 911.
Life-threatening situations require immediate medical intervention. Call 911 whenever the following symptoms are involved: • Loss of consciousness • Chest pain • Difficulty breathing • Extensive burns • Weakness to one side of the body or difficulty speaking • Poisoning • Severe allergic reactions • Severe, unaccustomed headache • Chemical injuries
These are only examples, of course you must use your own judgment to decide if an ambulance is needed.