In an emergency, you need quality care quickly. Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers a complete range of emergency services in our emergency room. With the latest in lifesaving technology, we are equipped to handle a variety of critical care situations for children, adults, and seniors.
If you are experiencing a true emergency, you should call 911 immediately or go quickly to the nearest emergency room. Pointe Coupee General Hospital's emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the treatment of significant health issues that require immediate care.
Visit your nearest ER for things like:
Acute Arthritis (Rheumatoid, Gout, Osteoarthritis)
Heat Stroke (heat-related illnesses)
Irregular Heart Rhythms
Shortness of Breath (difficulty breathing)
Tachycardia (rapid heart beats)
What to Bring
While most emergency room visits aren’t planned, there are some things that can be helpful to have with you, if you have the ability.
Health insurance card
List of medications
Contact information for your primary care physician and specialists
Check-in and Triage
When you arrive in the emergency room, your first stop should be the registration desk. Patients are seen based on the severity of their illness, so depending on your condition, you may be asked to wait in the waiting room until a physician is available to assess and treat you.
If you aren’t taken to an exam room immediately, you will be evaluated by a nurse to determine the severity of your injury or illness. Please avoid eating or drinking until after you are seen by a physician.
When your physician determines you are ready to leave the ER, you will meet with your care team to discuss follow-up care, medications, and other instructions.
If You Are Admitted
If your ER physician determines you need further care, you may be admitted into a private room inside the hospital, in the unit most appropriate for your needs. Once admitted, a care team who specializes in your type of condition will continue or start your care.
After an emergency room visit, you will receive separate bills for services received in the hospital. In addition to the Pointe Coupee General Hospital bill, you may receive bills from the lab, from an emergency room physician or radiologist who cared for you or interpreted your test results while in the emergency room.
Safe Haven for Babies
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is a designated Safe Haven. This means that any parent may anonymously leave their infant child, up to 30 days old, with the intent of placing the child up for adoption, without fear of prosecution. In order to meet the criteria for Safe Haven, the child must be given to a hospital employee and not simply left unattended.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is a firearms-free facility. Firearms are prohibited on the hospital’s campus.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is a tobacco-free facility. Smoking is prohibited on the hospital’s campus. If you smoke and need assistance with quitting, talk to a nurse about our smoking cessation program.
No Illegal Drugs or Alcohol
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is an illegal drugs- and alcohol-free facility. Illegal drugs and alcohol are prohibited on the hospital’s campus.