The Stanford ED is a Level 1 Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center
serving children and adults. We treat major and minor illnesses and
injuries. From arrival to discharge and every step in between, find
out what to expect during your visit.
Estimated wait times are approximate and subject to change.
Care and Treatment for Emergencies
Discharge (Leaving the Stanford Emergency Department)
When your doctor determines that you are ready to be discharged from
the emergency department, you will meet with your nurse to review your
diagnosis, discuss any prescribed medications, and be instructed in
follow-up care. You will be given paperwork about your follow-up care
that should be kept for reference.
Prescriptions can be faxed to your pharmacy so that medications are
ready for pickup when you arrive at the pharmacy. Some medications
require a special prescription form, which will be handed to you by
the nurse. During hours when most pharmacies are closed, we will give
you the first dose(s) of medication in the Emergency department, so
you don't have to locate a 24 hour pharmacy in the middle of the night.
We do not have an outpatient pharmacy available for patients at the
hospital. There is a pharmacy located in the Stanford Cancer Center.
Please tell your care providers if you wish to use this pharmacy. Learn more about this pharmacy's location and
hours. If you need to speak with a pharmacist about your
medications, there is one available between the hours of 2pm and
midnight. Your case manager can assist you with other needs you may
have in preparing to be at home after your Emergency department visit.
Proper follow-up care is very important. We will send information to
your primary care doctor about your visit. If a referral is needed for
an SHC or LPCH specialty clinic, we will send the information the next
day to that clinic. Our Call Back Nurse Program[link to:
new CQ Path for Call Back Nurse Program] can assist you with
follow up appointments.
The Stanford Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day. The Fast
Track program is open daily from 11:30am-11:30pm and provides
emergency care for patients 2 and older with minor illnesses and
injuries. Most Fast Track patients are discharged within 90 minutes.
PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT
Most Emergency Department visits aren't planned. However, if you are
able, please bring the following with you:
Health insurance information (card)
List of prescription medications and dosages
medications to which you are allergic
List of questions you
and your family may have
Recent test results related to
Contact information for your regular medical