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Emergency Care

When you need medical care most, depend on the UNC Health Johnston emergency room (ER) teams in Clayton and Smithfield for prompt treatment that could save a life.

Conditions We Treat

Urgent Care

Visit UNC Urgent Care at Clayton or another walk-in clinic for more affordable treatment of minor health conditions. Find out when to choose urgent care vs. the ER.

Call 911 or visit your nearest ER immediately for care of:

Trust the ER team to stabilize your symptoms (stop them from worsening). Then, UNC Health Johnston will treat your condition or transfer you to a nearby hospital for treatment, if necessary.

Learn more about what to expect in the ER.

Team of Experts

Feel confident the ER team has the experience and training to care for seriously ill children and adults. Our board-certified emergency doctors and registered nurses have certifications in areas such as:

  • Advanced cardiovascular life support
  • Advanced trauma life support
  • Pediatric advanced life support
  • Trauma nursing


Thanks to UNC Health Johnston’s telemedicine technology, UNC Health Johnston can bring in a specialist to assist in your care. Using video and audio, an offsite doctor may evaluate your burns, stroke symptoms, or mental health symptoms. That means you get the fastest possible recommendations for treatment to improve your outcome.

Mental Health Emergencies

Seek emergency care if you or someone else is at risk of harm due to mental illness. If you come to the ER at UNC Health Johnston in Smithfield, you’ll receive treatment in a safe, comfortable place reserved for people in behavioral health emergencies. When necessary, you’ll receive:

  • Psychiatric medications to control symptoms
  • Admission to our hospital or another facility for mental health care

No Detox

UNC Health Johnston does not provide medical detox for substance use disorders, but can give you resources about outpatient treatment centers.

Patient Story

Learn about the ER “heroes” who helped save the husband of Melissa Phelps-Pickens during a heart attack.

Call 911

Call 911 right away during a medical emergency—a condition that threatens someone’s life or long-term health.

Prepare for an Emergency

Fill out a patient information sheet [PDF] with your health history. Put the completed form on your refrigerator so paramedics can bring it to the emergency department and help the medical team better care for you.

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