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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.
Students in a two-day course offered by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford looked for ways to improve the patient experience in the Stanford emergency department.
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
List of medications to which you are allergic
List of questions you and your family may have
Recent test results related to your condition
Contact information for your regular medical providers