If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately to be transported to the nearest emergency room. If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, but need immediate and urgent medical attention, visit Novato Community Hospital's emergency department, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Some of the common conditions treated in an emergency room include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding
- Chest pain or pressure
- Severe allergic reactions
- Moderate to severe burns or wounds
- Convulsions or seizures
- Serious head, neck or back injury
- Sudden inability to speak, see, walk or move
When you first arrive at our Emergency Department, an emergency room nurse will determine the seriousness of your condition and make sure you are seen promptly by one of our emergency medicine doctors. We will as for your medical history, including allergies, current medications, past surgeries and other relevant information. If you have allergies or take medications, it’s a good idea to keep a list of them in your wallet or close at hand in case of emergency.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you require testing to diagnose your condition, we offer a full range of diagnostic imaging in the hospital, including X-rays, MRIs and blood tests. The emergency doctor may also need to talk to your family doctor or any specialists you see.
Once you’ve been examined by the doctor, and are stable, you may require further diagnostic tests to evaluate your condition. We will determine if you should be admitted to the hospital or if you can go home with medical instructions for follow-up care. If you do not have a personal doctor, we will provide names of doctors who accept new patients.
To reach our Emergency Department directly, call (415) 209-1350.
A Focus on Care
Novato Community Hospital consistently receives medical excellence awards from hospital-rating organizations:
- Healthgrades, Outpatient Experience Award
- Leapfrog [A] Safety Score, 2016, 2017
- Press Ganey, Top 5% Award for emergency services patient satisfaction