Coming to the ER

When emergencies happen, the Emergency Room at North Kansas City Hospital is ready and waiting 24 hours a day. Use the following information to help us serve you better when you arrive.

Cliff Weith, DO, explains when it's appropriate to visit the ER.

When to Come

Don't wait. Come to the ER if you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, such as:

  • Chest pain or stroke symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Serious injuries or burns
  • Broken bones
  • Knife or gun wound
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Face or eye trauma

If you believe you are having a heart attack, do not drive yourself to the ER. Always call 911. Life-saving care begins in the ambulance and EMS workers will notify the Emergency Room of your condition en route to the Hospital.

What to Bring

  • An accurate list of the medications you take, including the dosing information
  • A list of medication allergies
  • A responsible adult to drive you home in case you're medicated during treatment
  • A copy of any medical test results or reports if you’ve had testing or radiology studies performed at another facility recently

Be sure to inform the staff of your primary care physician and any other providers who should receive reports from your ER visit.

After Being Treated

  • Read and retain your discharge instructions. This document provides important information about your follow-up care.
  • Always talk with your primary care provider or follow-up physician after your ER visit. Some test results will not be available for review during your ER visit. These results should be reviewed with your primary care provider later.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding your care, make sure to discuss these with your ER physician prior to discharge. You should leave with a clear care plan.

Questions? Call the Emergency Department at 816-691-2098.

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