Your wait in one Griffin emergency room may soon be much, much shorter than it has been in the past. That is because a new emergency room reservation system allows you to get in line to see the doctor before you even arrive at the hospital. This means you can wait until it’s time for your appointment from the comfort of home instead. The online reservation system is now available at Spalding Regional Hospital’s emergency department.
Recent advances in cloud technology means that scheduling systems like this can be utilized in real-time. With the new reservation system, you will be able to schedule a visit online from home. You will select the best time for an appointment according to your schedule. Then, you just have to arrive at the ER in time for your reservation. There are no fees for the service, and none of the cost is passed on to patients.
In hospitals where this type of online scheduling system has been in place for awhile, patients say they find visiting the ER much less stressful. This reduction in stress is because, by reserving their appointment ahead of time, they wait at the hospital for only a few minutes instead of what used to be hours.
Reducing wait times has been a hot button issue at ERs across the country in recent years, including right here in Spalding County. Patients with injuries or symptoms that were not considered serious were left waiting. Sometimes the minutes turned into hours before they saw the first health care provider.
This web-based scheduling system provides a solution. Hospitals can continue to triage patients according to severity, but patients with minor injuries or illnesses can now be seen without waiting in the lobby for hours. This makes it easier on patients because it saves them time. In addition, appointments may not be offered during peak hours, which lessens the load on the medical staff.
Adults who simply need an antibiotic or want to have an aching knee checked out, being able to do so without wasting hours at the hospital is a huge benefit. For single parents who struggle with balancing their work and life, having a sick child can quickly become a disaster. By scheduling an online appointment, they could see the doctor on their lunch break, and have the child back to the baby sitter within an hour or two.
There is always the chance that a major medical emergency takes precedence over your case, but, even when this happens, the wait is still greatly reduced. Going to the ER might not seem like such a chore if you knew it wasn’t going to take you all day. In fact, there may be some cases where scheduling a visit to the Spalding Regional Hospital ER is easier and more efficient than seeing your primary care physician. Once you check out the website and see how easy it is to make a reservation, and you may never sit in the waiting room again.