Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Emergency Care

The Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Emergency Room (ER) is a 44-bed unit that provides emergency services 24 hours a day. The ER is staffed with people specially trained in emergency medicine including doctors, nurses, technicians, and assistants.

When arriving at the ER, it is important to evaluate each patient to determine what kind of care is required, who is the most qualified to provide the care, and the relative urgency of providing that care. People with illnesses or injuries that are immediately life-threatening take priority, of course. Serious, but not life-threatening conditions are prioritized based on severity.

Special Features

  • A diagnostic imaging unit to provide X-rays and other images. The unit includes a multi-slice CT scanner that provides detailed pictures that can help our doctors make more reliable diagnoses more quickly.
  • Special rooms for trauma or cardiac patients
  • A "fast track" side for minor emergencies

Stroke Center  
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. That’s why it’s so important to know the warning signs of stroke and act quickly by calling 911.  The Stroke Center at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, a part of Orlando Health, is equipped to deliver fast, accurate evaluation of stroke and advanced, personalized care to patients after diagnosis. 

Stroke is an emergency and every minute counts!  
Act F.A.S.T. and look for these warning signs:

 Facial droop

 Uneven smile
 Vision changes

 Arm numbness 
 Arm weakness

 Slurred speech 
 Difficulty speaking or understanding

TIME:  Call 911

Chest Pain Program

Chest pain is one of the most common reasons why patients come to an Emergency Room, but only a small percent of those patients are actually having a heart attack.  It’s important to make that determination quickly, and at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital we recognize that where your heart is concerned, every minute counts. The Chest Pain Program, established in 2008 and fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, has brought cardiac care to a new level.  There can be many different reasons for chest pain, and the Chest Pain Program utilizes cutting edge protocols and technology to evaluate patients experiencing potential heart attacks and provide rapid diagnosis and treatment.  Patients are given an EKG within 5 minutes of arrival and from there may receive more tests or cardiac catheterization if necessary.  Diagnostic equipment, such as the 64-slice cardiac CT scanner, can help rule out whether heart disease is present.   

Whether the chest pain is caused by heart disease or not, all patients in the Chest Pain Center consult with a cardiologist to discuss risk factors and recommendations for follow up.  Know your risk factors and know your numbers… when it comes to your heart, time is muscle! 

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States.  Learning the warning signs of a heart attack, and seeking prompt medical attention, may mean the difference between life and death.

You may be having a heart attack if you experience:

  • Chest pain and chest discomfort (the most common heart attack symptom)
  • An uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the middle of your chest.  This feeling may go away and come back
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • General weakness or fatigueCold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the neck or jaw
  • Sense of impending doom

Chest pain, chest discomfort and backache are the most common heart attack symptoms for both women and men.  Women may also commonly experience shortness of breath, vomiting and back or jaw pain. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing heart attack symptoms,  call 911 immediately.