If you have a medical emergency you can’t handle, UT Health Science Center offers fast and compassionate ER services

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

(For July 2008 health care tab in Big Sandy/Hawkins Journal, Gladewater Mirror, etc.)

Do you know what to do in a medical emergency?

How do you decide when a medical emergency is serious enough to require immediate treatment?

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the first few minutes of a medical crisis are crucial. It recommends that you:

  • Keep updated medical history forms for each family member in your home, car, first aid kits, and wallet. Take these forms along when you go to the emergency room.
  • Provide copies of consent to treat forms to babysitters, relatives, school nurses, and anyone who takes care of your child. That will enable your child to receive emergency treatment even if you’re not there.
  • Always leave written contact phone number(s) with any caregivers so that they can give them to emergency room staff.
  • Keep well stocked first aid kits in your home and car.
  • Post emergency numbers on your telephones. Make sure your children know how to call 911 and give their names, address, and a brief description of the problem.
  • Take a first aid class and learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
  • Learn the warning signs of medical emergencies and seek emergency care when they occur.
Whether you’re seeking emergency medical help or a highly trained and caring physician, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is the place to go.

Conveniently located 20 minutes or less from Big Sandy, Gladewater, Hawkins, and Lindale, and less than 30 minutes from Mineola and Overton, the medical professionals at UT Health Science Center’s Emergency Room are committed to providing fast, compassionate care – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our emergency-trained physicians and nurses stand ready to provide stabilization and treatment of life-threatening conditions and immediate treatment of major or minor illness or injury.

Such conditions include: chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, respiratory illnesses, minor trauma to limbs, fever, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, and lacerations.

With the ER’s quick in-and-out time, you’ll be resting comfortably sooner.

Once the emergency is over, the physicians in UTHSCT’s Family Health Center can provide you with the latest advances in medical care.

These board-certified physicians specialize in treating adults, adolescents, and children. They have the knowledge, experience, and skill to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

At UTHSCT, physicians’ offices, a pharmacy, radiology, lab, and a hospital are all conveniently located under one roof. The Riter Center is home to physicians and clinics and provides free valet parking for patients.

UT Health Science Center also has a family medicine clinic in Overton and one in South Tyler, on The University of Texas at Tyler campus.

A new UTHSCT family medicine clinic in Gladewater is scheduled to open by the end of the summer.

In addition, the Health Science Center has about 60 highly trained physicians representing 21 specialties.

If your primary care physician recommends a specialist, UTHSCT personnel will schedule an appointment for you.

In one specialty – treatment of lung diseases – UT Health Science Center is the acknowledged leader in this region, with physicians on staff who have decades of experience in providing pulmonary care.

And it’s no exaggeration to say decades. Six of UTHSCT’s pulmonary physicians each have more than 20 years’ experience treating people with lung disease.

The 18 physicians at the Health Science Center who deal with lung disease have accumulated more than 400 years of experience in providing pulmonary care.

The Health Science Center has treated patients with lung diseases since it was founded in 1947.

Throughout 60 years of service, the Health Science Center’s name has changed, but its mission to provide excellent care to patients with lung disease has not.

When you need emergency medical treatment, the ER at UT Health Science Center is there for you. UTHSCT family medicine doctors are there to provide day-to-day medical care for you and your loved ones. And if you have lung disease, pulmonary specialists at UTHSCT can offer cutting-edge treatments.

Since joining the University of Texas System in 1977, UTHSCT has been the academic medical center for East Texas, providing excellent patient care, improving community health, offering comprehensive education, and conducting innovative research.

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