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When an emergency strikes, you can count on the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick and Camden Campus Emergency Care Centers (ECCs) to provide timely, high-quality care. Each of our ECCs are staffed around the clock by highly qualified physicians and other medical professionals who have access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Emergency room wait times

It is our goal to have everyone seen by a provider within a timely manner. Our ECCs use a triage system to help prioritize patients who require immediate or lifesaving treatment over those patients arriving with less serious injuries or illnesses.

Factors that may affect wait times at our ECCs include: a high number of patients arriving at the same time, ambulance patients, seriously injured or ill patients who require numerous tests or procedures, and patients who need to be admitted to the hospital.

To aid in reducing patient wait times, we provide bedside registration. This process allows us to see patients sooner, treat patients more efficiently and shorten patient visits. This approach also maximizes comfort, since patients can complete their registration from the convenience of their bed with their loved ones nearby.

Hazardous materials emergency preparedness

Our Camden Campus ECC works together with Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to ensure that we are ready to provide quality patient care in the event an emergency occurs involving hazardous materials.

The ECC is equipped with a decontamination room as well as specific supplies needed to safely treat patients exposed to these materials. We also coordinate drills and practice scenarios to ensure that, if an emergency occurs, we provide a fluid transition of care between the many agencies involved.

When to go to the emergency room?

  • Allergic reaction
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Dislocation of shoulder, hip or knee
  • Fever of 101 degrees or higher in children younger than 3 months
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Sudden, severe abdominal pain
  • Weakness on one side of the body

When to seek immediate care?

We highly recommend that patients with minor injuries or illnesses visit one of our Immediate Care Centers to help decrease wait times in our ECCs.

Minor injuries include sprains, cuts, burns, bee stings, sunburns, foreign objects in the eye and all of life's bumps, bruises and pains that aren't life-threatening but need prompt attention.

Minor illnesses and their symptoms include cold and flu, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, fever, sore throat, ear ache, upset stomach, and allergies.