Frequently Asked Questions

Why are some patients seen quicker than others in the ED?

Wait times will vary based on a patient’s condition, and are generally divided into two categories:

  1. Complex conditions – requiring more time for diagnosis, treatment or hospital bed admission

This includes a range of conditions from the most serious such as cardiac arrest, major trauma or a potential threat to life or limb function, to serious conditions that can potentially turn into a serious problem without emergency intervention, such as asthma or moderate trauma.

  1. Minor or uncomplicated conditions – requiring less time for diagnosis, treatment or observation

This includes less serious conditions such as urinary symptoms, mild abdominal pain, a sore throat or chronic health problems.