Emergency Department Services

The Emergency Departments at Hospitals and Rural Health Centres throughout Western Health are operational 24 hours a day and 7 days/week.

All emergency patients are triaged upon arrival using Canadian Triage Acuity Scale (CTAS) guidelines that determine the level of urgency at which they are seen by the attending physician. The most critical patients are given the priority of care while less urgent patient may require longer waits.

At WMRH in Corner Brook, the Emergency Department is divided into three separate areas: A Fast Track clinic; the main Emergency Department; and a Clinical Decision Unit. When you arrive at the Emergency Department, you will be seen by a triage nurse who will assess whether you need to go to the main Emergency Department or the Fast Track Clinic. You will then register for the area you have been assigned. The triage nurse works from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

The Fast Track Clinic is for non urgent patients (low acuity). From Monday to Friday, the clinic is staffed with a Nurse Practitioner from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a family practice physician from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. On weekends there is a family practice physician there from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The clinic is also supported by a full scope of practice Licensed Practical Nurse.

The main Emergency Department is staffed with an Emergency Room (ER)  physician and three ER trained nurses 24 hours a day. Patients who are assessed as higher acuity or more urgent are cared for in the main Emergency Department.

The Clinical Decision Unit is adjacent to the main Emergency Department. It is an 8 bed, short stay, high observation area, designed for those patients requiring further investigation before a decision to admit or discharge is made. The ER physician maintains responsibility for patients in the Clinical Decision Unit. This area is also staffed with two ER trained nurses 24 hours a day.

All Staff that work in the Emergency Department are required to complete an in house orientation program as well as certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC).

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