ER Wait Times

When you or a loved one has a life-threatening emergency, we understand you need prompt care.

At University of Missouri Health Care, we know that even if you don’t have a life-threatening emergency, you want to see someone right away. That’s why we have specially designed services to make sure you get expert care as soon as possible — what we call FastER.

FastER: How We Reduce ER Wait Times

Here’s how we cut down your wait time and make your visit to the ER as fast and smooth as possible:

  • You see a nurse first. When you arrive, you’ll see a triage nurse first. The nurse will ask you questions about your health problem and take your vital signs (heart and breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature). Doing this will help us decide how quickly you’re seen — serious injuries and conditions are seen first.
  • We “fast track” service. During busier periods, we’ll come to you in the waiting room to speed up service. A nurse will give you medicine if you need it and set up X-rays or lab tests to get your care started right away.
  • We get you in and out quickly. If you don’t need complex care, we want to make your visit as fast as we can. We’ll take care of X-rays, prescriptions and other needs quickly. Our goal is to get you what you need in under an hour.

If you don’t have an emergency, but you need to see someone right away, choose one of our convenience care options.

Convenient Care