Emergency Services

Lynchburg General Hospital's Emergency Department is open 24 hours to serve people who are seriously injured or ill and require immediate care. A triage process is used to prioritize emergency care and identify patients requiring medical attention according to the nature and severity of their injury or illness.

ER Entrance

As a visitor, we realize you are anxious about your ill family member or friend. Since we have so many patients and visitors, we have developed the following guidelines for our visitors to ensure the best care for our patients:

  • Please notify the volunteer at the front desk that you are a visitor.
  • Tell the volunteer the name of the patient you have accompanied to the ER.
  • The volunteer will assist you in getting an update on your family member or friend's condition. If the volunteer is not in the waiting room, check with the triage nurse for information. The charge nurse  in the ER is responsible for notifying the volunteer or triage nurse when a patient is permitted to have a visitor.
  • Our physicians prefer to examine the patient before we allow visitors in the treatment area. The exceptions are the elderly, who may have one visitor present at all times, and children, who may have both parents present at all times.
  • If the patient has an emergency situation, the attending physician may request all family members or friends see the patient one at a time.
  • A security officer is available near the triage area. If you are unable to obtain the information you need, please check with the officer. The security officer is responsible for operating the electronic door leading to the ER. Please allow the officer time to operate the door.
  • We remind you that no smoking is allowed anywhere on the campus of Lynchburg General Hospital, or any Centra facility.
  • We understand how difficult it is to wait for information. We want to make your waiting time as hassle-free as possible, and we welcome suggestions to improve our current visitor guidelines.
  • Please note that when you call in to ask about a patient, we cannot give you a lot of information. Our hospital policy states that staff are only allowed to give a patient's status over the telephone. Further information should be obtained from an immediate family member or the patient's physician.

What you need to know about the flu

fluWhat Is Influenza?

Influenza (flu) is caused by the influenza virus. Flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults to the elderly.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of influenza include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Feeling weak or more tired
  • Headache
  • Chills and body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Not everyone with the flu will have the same signs and symptoms.

The Spread Of The Flu Virus?

People that have the flu virus can spread it by coughing or sneezing.

The flu virus also can be spread by touching your mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as a doorknob, table, shopping cart or hand.

How Long Can A Person With The Flu Spread The Virus To Other People?

Typically, the flu can be spread from one day before a person shows symptoms of the flu to seven days after symptoms begin.

What Can I Do To Prevent The Spread Of The Flu Virus?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of the flu virus:

  • Get the flu shot.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your symptoms are gone.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Is There A Test For The Flu Virus?

Yes, but it is frequently inaccurate. During the flu season, the flu is often diagnosed by only symptoms.

The emergency department is not routinely performing flu tests.

What Is The Treatment For The Flu?

Most people who have the flu get better without seeing a doctor or taking medicine. Antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza may be prescribed by your doctor to treat people who have serious underlying illness or may need hospitalization.

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