Why Choose a Freestanding ER Instead of a Hospital ER?

By September 7, 2017Uncategorized


In an emergency medical situation, you likely won’t have time to research hospitals or to investigate where to find the best emergency care. That’s why it’s important to be prepared ahead of time and know where you will go should a medical emergency occur. Today, patients and their families can choose between a traditional hospital-based ER and a freestanding ER. But how can you determine which is the best? Read on to learn the key differences between the two and why you should choose a freestanding ER in an emergency.

Wait Time

A crowded waiting room is usually the last place you or your family members want to be during an emergency. You want help, and you want it fast! Traditional hospital emergency rooms are typically slow and overcrowded, often due to unavoidable factors such as trauma cases that are given the highest priority. On average, patients in traditional hospital ERs wait 20 minutes or longer before being seen by a doctor. In an emergency, 20 minutes can feel like forever.

At a freestanding emergency room, like Five Star ER, patients can access the same quality of care and the same high-level services that a traditional hospital ER will have, but without the wait. In most cases, patients can walk in and be seen by a doctor in as little as 5 minutes. Because Five Star ER is open 24/7, this means you can access quality emergency care at any time and never worry about having to wait to be seen.

Diagnostic Tests

In a traditional hospital ER, the lobby isn’t the only place that many patients wait. Diagnostic testing (imaging and laboratory services) is frequently performed outside of the emergency department and/or by personnel other than the emergency room staff. This often means you must wait in line and compete with patients from elsewhere in the hospital for a CT scan, or that you and your family must wait to get the results of important tests.

At Five Star ER, we have diagnostic labs in house to provide the fastest and most reliable care to you and your family. The state-of-the-art technology and equipment we have onsite at each location gives our physicians the information they need to quickly diagnose and treat your medical emergency—so you can get on with your life.

Patient Care

During treatment at a traditional hospital emergency room, patient may be seen and treated by a number of medical personnel, with little or no time to converse or diagnose the patient’s medical problems. This can sometimes result in unnecessary medical tests and even unnecessary hospital admissions.

At Five Star ER, our patient-centered care means you come first. You will always be seen by a board-certified emergency physician and nurses trained in emergency care in a healing, family-friendly environment. Typically, the only medical staff a patient will see in a freestanding emergency room will be the emergency physician, a registered nurse and a medical technologist. These three individuals provide continuous, coordinated medical care that patients need and deserve. They usually have the time to spend with the patient to get a proper diagnosis and thus possibly avoid unnecessary diagnostic testing and any unnecessary hospital admissions.

Emergencies happen. Knowing where to go for the best emergency care can make all the difference. At Five Star ER, we are proud to deliver compassionate, responsive emergency care for adults and children of all ages. Plus, you’ll get the level of care you’d expect from a traditional hospital emergency room with none of the wait. So, whatever got you here, we’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast. Click here to find the closest Five Star ER location to you.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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