Emergency Services for Women
When you are having a medical emergency, time seems to stand still. A pregnant woman may wonder if everything is okay with her baby. A cancer patient’s treatment may have unwanted side effects that can be very frightening. A victim of sexual assault may need specialized care – both physical and emotional.
That is why Women & Infants provides emergency services specifically for women. Whether you are having complications or a trauma in a normal or high-risk pregnancy or are experiencing problems after delivery, have been a victim of sexual assault, have abnormal vaginal bleeding, or are a cancer patient in need of emergency services, our team is here to help you.
Women & Infants' Emergency Department provides 24-hour care to women needing urgent and emergent medical or surgical care.
Women & Infants' Emergency Department provides 24-hour care to women needing urgent and emergent medical or surgical care for health problems including but not limited to:
- Complications of normal pregnancy.
- High-risk pregnancy.
- Trauma in pregnancy.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STI).
- Antepartum (before birth) problems.
- Postpartum (after birth) problems.
- Cancer / oncology problems.
- Sexual assault.
When You Arrive
When you first arrive, please sign in at the triage desk. You will be seen by the triage nurse who is specially trained in emergency care of women.
After seeing the triage nurse, you will meet with an admitting clerk. The clerk will ask you questions such as your address, telephone number, primary care doctor and insurance. This helps us to contact your doctor about your care.
Your Care in the Emergency Department
You will be seen as soon as possible. A team of doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners and nurses will care for you. During the busiest times, women with the most serious health problems are seen first. Others are asked to wait.
If you need blood work, x-rays or other tests, it may take an hour or more to get the results. We will do our best to get your results as quickly as possible. You may be asked to return to the waiting room during this time.
Parking for the Emergency Department
There is a paid parking lot behind the hospital. From Dudley Street, take a right onto Gay Street. Take your first right off Gay Street, then a left into the parking lot. Valet parking is available to patients who come to Women & Infants for diagnostic tests such as mammograms, ultrasounds, bone density tests, and blood work.
Valet parking is free of charge and is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Use the circular drive in front of Women & Infants' main entrance on 101 Dudley Street, Providence. Valet parking staff will park your cars and retrieve them up for you. If your test lasts beyond 5 p.m., your keys will be held by the Security staff near the Emergency Department entrance.