Hospital offers emergency room appointments
May 5, 2011
Patients can now call ahead and set an appointment for a visit to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s emergency room in San Luis Obispo foregoing a stay in the waiting room.
Utilizing the online service InQuickER, Sierra Vista provides a registration form to be filled out before arrival and offers patients a list of time slots throughout the day allowing patients to wait in the comfort of their homes.
The program deals with laws requiring very ill patients to be seen first by resetting some appointments.
If one or more patients with serious medical problems arrive at the hospital or an emergency occurs, hospital staff will provide the InQuickER patient with a new appointment time. The new program is intended for patients with non-life threatening medical conditions only.
The hospital charges $9.99 for the service with costs refunded if the patient has to wait more than 15 minutes from their scheduled appointment time.
In addition, emergency room patients can go to www.SierraVistaRegional.com and check current wait times in the emergency room before they leave home.