Skip to main content

Emergency Care | Emergency Department

Anyone can have a medical emergency. If there is an immediate threat to your health, you should go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital for treatment.

Do not drive a car if you are having a medical emergency. Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The ER provides immediate care.

Call 911 for an ambulance.

What is Emergency Care?

Emergency care is needed when you have a sudden medical problem that requires immediate hospital care. Call 911 if you have to get to the hospital right away. Medics can start treatment on the way to the hospital.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, these are warning signs that you are having a medical emergency:

  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Breathing problems
  • Change in mental status (unusual behavior, confusion)
  • Chest pain
  • Choking
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Feeling like harming yourself or someone else
  • Head or spine injury
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Sudden injury such as a car accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
  • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in your body
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in your vision
  • Swallowing a poisonous substance
  • Upper abdominal pain or pressure

If you experience any of these problems, call 911 immediately.

When to Use Urgent Care or a Walk-in Clinic

If this is a minor emergency or you just cannot get an appointment to see your regular provider, walk-in care or an urgent care facility may be an option.

Level 1 Trauma Center

Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Portland is the only Level 1 trauma center in Maine. It is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine doctors. The Level 1 trauma center is a regional resource, caring for patients from Maine and New Hampshire.

Level 1 trauma centers are staffed to provide care to patients who have had major traumatic injuries, including falls, motor vehicle accidents, and gunshot wounds. Designation as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons indicates that a hospital has the highest level of care in the areas of:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Trauma surgery
  • Critical care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Radiology

Latest News

View All
U.S. News & World Report Names MMC ‘Best Regional Hospital’ for Ninth Straight Year
U.S. News & World Report has named Maine Medical Center (MMC) as the best hospital in Maine for 2021-2022. It is the ninth consecutive year that the hospital has been named as a “Best Regional Hospital.” MMC also was recognized as “high performing” in 13 common procedures and conditions included in the annual survey of U.S. hospitals.
Memorial Hospital Holds 41st Annual Golf Tournament to Support Enhancement of Pediatric Services
Memorial Hospital held its 41st Annual Golf Tournament on July 22 at the North Conway Country Club with 132 golfers in attendance.
Annual Health Care Golf Classic Benefits Two Organizations
Franklin Community Health Network’s annual Health Care Golf Classic was held July 12 at the Sugarloaf Golf Club netting approximately $17,500 in proceeds to benefit the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) of Greater Franklin County and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center.
MaineHealth makes significant workforce investment, raising wages for its care team members starting Aug. 8
In addition to a base wage increase for nearly all employees, the minimum pay rate across the health system will rise from $14 to $17 an hour, and market adjustments will be made for hard-to-fill roles.