Online information helps patients plan their visit
Whether you live on the Cape or are vacationing, a visit to the ER is often an inevitable part of life. To make visiting the ER easier, Cape Cod Healthcare began posting ER wait times online for Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth.
According to a Cape Cod Healthcare release, average treatment times in emergency rooms across the country are on the rise. But here on the Cape, the average time a patient has to wait before being treated in either of the Cape's two main hospitals is 25 minutes or less.
Wait times for the two ERs are now posted online at www.capecodhealth.org/ER and are accessible by either computer or mobile device. Ninety percent of the patients who seek treatment at either hospital are seen in less than 25 minutes, but on rare occasions, that time may be longer. To that end, wait times are available online to offer patients flexibility.
ER wait times are based on a two-hour rolling average, according to Cape Cod Healthcare, and are updated every fifteen minutes. Wait times represent the time it takes between a patient's arrival and placement in a treatment room at the ER. Patients are evaluated upon arrival, then seen by a qualified medical professional in order of the severity of their illness or injury.
Cape Cod Healthcare points out that all wait times for the Cape Cod and Falmouth ERs are approximate and intended for informal purposes only.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency or situation, patients should call 911 for immediate treatment and transportation to the hospital.
For more information about Cape Cod Healthcare, visit their website here.
Cape Cod Hospital is at 27 Park Street in Hyannis. According to the CCH website, Cape Cod Hospital's ER is one of the busiest in New England, serving over 84,000 patients per year. Falmouth Hospital is at 100 Ter Heun Drive in Falmouth.