What to Expect in the ER
Make your trip to a Johnston Health emergency room (ER) go as smoothly as possible. Learn what to expect from your visit.
After you come to the ER, a nurse will assess your condition and check your vital signs, including:
- Blood pressure
- Breathing rate
- Heart rate
You may also receive lab or imaging tests to learn more about your illness or injury.
Time Spent in the ER
Doctors treat the sickest patients first. Your total time spent in the ER depends on:
- Severity of your injury or illness
- Tests you need
- Specialists your care team consults
- Your body’s response to medication you receive
- Number of other patients waiting
Keep Us Updated
If your symptoms change or worsen during your wait for care, tell us so we can evaluate you again. Rest assured, ER nurses and doctors will help you get treatment as soon as possible.
Minor Conditions Care Program
If you come to the ER with a minor illness or injury, you may benefit from our minor care program. Minor care providers treat only people with less serious conditions, which means you’ll get care sooner. Find this service at Johnston Health’s ER in:
- Clayton from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Smithfield from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You may also visit UNC Urgent Care at Clayton or another walk-in clinic for more affordable treatment of everyday health concerns. Learn when to choose urgent care vs. the ER.