Nebraska Medicine addresses long wait times at emergency departments

Nebraska Medicine to roll back crisis operations
Nebraska Medicine to roll back crisis operations
Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 3:54 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska Medicine was getting the word out Thursday about lengthy wait times at its emergency departments, reminding residents that if they do need to go to the ER, they shouldn’t hesitate.

“Volumes at both Nebraska Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Center are currently surging, meaning those coming in for minor illness or injury are experiencing lengthy wait times. We want the community to be aware of the situation so they can access the care at Nebraska Medicine that best matches their needs,” Nebraska Medicine said in a news release Thursday.

But while the inpatient emergency department is at capacity, Nebraska Medicine was asking patients to consult with their primary physician when they can while also reminding them that virtual and immediate care clinics remain available, with online scheduling, for those whose health concerns are not urgent.

Thursday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Harris Frankel shared more details about — and factors that led to — the situation. He said it’s normal to see higher volumes of patients this time of year.

“If anybody perceives that they have an emergency or that an emergency has been identified for which emergency department care is necessary, absolutely come. Our doors are open,” he said.

Watch the discussion with Dr. Frankel

LIVE: Nebraska Medicine update on emergency rooms

The chief medical officer and other officials at Nebraska Medicine are discussing the status of emergency rooms in the area.

Posted by 6 News WOWT on Thursday, July 14, 2022

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