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Emergency Department

When seconds count. Here for life.

The Antelope Valley Hospital Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to care for acute illnesses and injuries. Physicians and nurses specializing in emergency medicine are always available and other specialists are called on an as‑needed basis.

In addition to our Level II trauma center, Antelope Valley Hospital has been named a STEMI Receiving Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which means we have the equipment, medical expertise and facilities necessary to administer lifesaving interventions to victims of heart attack and acute stroke.

 Emergency vs. Urgent Care

Non life‑threatening illnesses and injuries requiring prompt medical attention should be treated by visiting an urgent care clinic or scheduling a same‑day appointment with your primary care physician.

Emergency Symptoms
When an injury or medical crisis arises, look for symptoms that generally indicate an emergency:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head injury or broken bones
  • Poisoning or suspected overdose
  • Inability to breathe or shortness of breath
  • Seizure or loss of consciousness
  • Persistent chest or abdominal pain or pressure
  • Numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg
  • Sudden slurred speech, visual changes or weakness
  • Major burns
  • Sudden or intense pain
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Severe reaction to an insect bite, medication or food
  • Suicidal or homicidal tendencies
Call for Help
For life‑threatening symptoms, call 911.

Urgent Care Symptoms
These examples of non life‑threatening symptoms can be promptly cared for at an urgent care center or by scheduling a same‑day appointment with your primary care physician.
  • Moderate fever
  • Colds, cough or flu
  • Bruise, abrasions and minor cuts
  • Minor burns
  • Eye, ear or skin infections
  • Sprains or strains
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Respiratory infections
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 What to Expect in the Emergency Department

Upon arrival to our emergency department, every patient is evaluated by one of trained triage nurses. The triage assessment includes:
  • Gathering information about the chief complaint
  • Taking vital signs
  • Inquiring about allergies, medications and past medical history
Based on this assessment, patients are placed in the queue according to the severity of their condition.

Antelope Valley Hospital receives more than 110,000 visits to its Emergency Department each year, making it the second busiest in Los Angeles County. Weekends and evenings tend to be the busiest times, for both ambulances and walk‑in patients.


Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week