Emergency Services in North Brevard County, FL
Most people do not plan for emergencies, but when sudden serious or life
threatening illness or injury strikes, Parrish Medical Center is here
to serve you.
At Parrish Medical Center, emergency care is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, 365 days a year. PMC treats more than 40,000 patients
per year. At PMC, you will be cared for by a highly skilled team of board-certified
emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, radiologists, nurses,
nurse practitioners, technicians, and other support personnel who are
trained to treat any type of emergency that may arise, from broken bones
to life-threatening injuries or illnesses, such as heart attacks or strokes.
The emergency department is conveniently located at the front of the medical
center and the Emergency Entrance is clearly marked on the front of the
building with parking available nearby.
Emergency Department Preparedness
To help make your emergency department experience as efficient as possible
please consider the following preparedness tips.
Before You Go
If you have chronic diseases that sometimes require emergency treatment
(asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) when possible, it is best to go
to an emergency department that your private physicians or medical team
are affiliated with. Your medical records and past medical history can
be easily accessed, and the emergency department team will be able to
treat you more efficiently and accurately and make better decisions regarding
your health care. If you require admission, your physician will be on
staff, and will be able to provide your inpatient care.
Triage Emergency Classifications
PMC caregivers strive to make every emergency visit a thorough and healing
experience. Our goal is to see and treat each patient as quickly as possible.
Due to the nature of the emergency department, patients are seen in order
of the seriousness of their injury or illness - not on a first-come, first-served
basis. Rendering lifesaving care to emergent (the critically ill or injured)
patients is always given priority.
When you arrive, you will be triaged by an RN, who will determine the order
in which you will be taken to the treatment area. Your medical condition
will be classified as
non-urgent depending the acuity of your illness or injury.
Because accidents and emergency visits are not planned, the number of patients
who need care can be unpredictable. This can sometimes result in extended
We hope you understand that when it is your turn, we will take excellent
care of you too. Peak hours of activity are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.,
especially on weekends. Once you are in the treatment area, a provider
will see you, and some diagnostic tests may be ordered. It may also be
necessary for us to call your physician. These things take time, and can
also cause delays, and increase wait time.
Your patience is appreciated.
**Be sure to let someone know if your condition worsens while waiting for
treatment. This may be a sign that your condition needs more immediate
What to Bring:
- A folder containing past test results and any other information from your
primary care physician or any specialists you may be seeing. This may
also prevent you from having to again pay for tests you might have just
recently had taken.
- Your most recent insurance card.
- A list of your current medications and dosages. This includes over-the-counter
medications and vitamins.
- A list of your key contacts. This includes phone numbers for all doctors,
your neighbors, friends, relatives and employers.
- A pad of paper and a pen. You should write down who gave you what and when
they gave it to you. This will help you in the future to read any medical
bills that will arrive after your visit. You can sometimes get business
cards from doctors who see you during your visit.
Bring some tissues, hand sanitizer and money for the vending machine or
cafe to buy a snack or drink should you need one.
Note: you should wait to eat or drink anything until after you have been
seen by the Emergency team. Food or drink may adversely react with tests
or medications that may be required for treatment.
- Having these items ready-to-go in a pre-packed bag will save you a lot
of time and worry.
While You Wait:
- Make sure all medicines you receive are meant for you.
- Tell visitors to wash their hands. This will help prevent any unnecessary
- Find out who will be handling your case. They will be able to help you
with your medical insurance, find past test results and copies of bills.
When You Leave:
- Get discharge instructions in writing. These should include your emergency
physician's name, diagnosis, treatment, medication and follow-up instructions.
- Make plans to have all of your test results, reports and itemized bills
sent to you. You can do this by contacting Medical Records.
- Call your primary care physician with any results received from the emergency
department. Find out if you need further treatment or tests.
It is important to note that the emergency department is for acute illnesses
or conditions. Some less urgent complaints may be addressed, but referred
back to the primary physician to evaluate further. Also, note that all
diagnoses and X-ray readings made by the emergency department physicians,
nurse practitioners and physician assistants are preliminary. Upon being
released you will be given a customized computer generated information
sheet called "discharge instructions." As part of the discharge
process, you will be referred to your family physician for follow-up.
If you do not have a family physician, we will give you the name of a
PMC on-call physician. If you have questions after being released or about
your follow-up visit, please contact us at 268-6130.
Understanding Your Emergency Visit Bill
Parrish Medical Center charges for the use of the emergency facility and
for the services of hospital physicians and PA's. The hospital also
charges for X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services and for medical supplies.
Depending on your condition, physician specialists, such as radiologists,
orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons or pediatricians, may be called to
consult on your case. All consultants, including radiologists, send a
separate bill. If you have any billing questions or need financial assistance,
please contact the business office at 268-6158.
Sources: Ellen McGirt, "How to Survive the E.R.," Money Magazine