If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 for an ambulance — an emergency rescue vehicle can take you to the emergency department more quickly and safely than a friend or family member.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has two emergency departments in Columbus providing round-the-clock care for any medical emergency. As part of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, we have specialized teams and procedures in place to speed care for life-threatening emergencies, including heart attack and stroke.

Seek emergency care if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness or weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Sudden or severe pain or abdominal pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Severe headache
  • Suicidal feelings

MyChart users can view wait times and let the emergency department know you’re on your way.

Where should I go for care? – Immediate Care vs. Emergency Room

If your health concern is not life-threatening, we have other immediate care options that offer walk-in medical treatment or same-day appointments with shorter wait times and a lower cost than an emergency department visit.
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Our emergency department at University Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center, and the emergency department at East Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center, meaning we are qualified to provide the highest level of care for traumatic injuries. Our specialized team of surgeons, physicians and nurses, facilities and treatments are available around the clock, 365 days a year, to treat life-threatening injuries.
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