South County Hospital

South County Hospital Emergency Department

401 782-8000, main number


The ER at South County Hospital is staffed by Board Certified Emergency Medicine physicians and a highly skilled clinical team. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Hospital's ER is the third busiest in Rhode Island, averaging more than 26,000 visits each year.


South County Hospital’s Emergency Department is easy to get to from just about anywhere in southern Rhode Island, including the South County beaches and area attractions. We are conveniently located just off US Route 1 in Wakefield, RI. Parking outside the Emergency Department is close and plentiful. Click here for directions.


We continue to strive to keep our wait times to a minimum by stream-lining our intake (triage) process. When you first arrive in the Emergency Department, a nurse trained in triage will immediately assess your condition, assign the priority of your injury or illness, and take appropriate measures. With few exceptions, you will be seen by an emergency department doctor or nurse within 30 minutes of arriving in the emergency department. After you’ve been evaluated, a registration specialist will register you using our portable computer system when you are in your private treatment room.  The registration process ensures we have your name, address, and contact information without delaying the start of treatment.


All of our patients are  seen, evaluated, and treated by our staff highly trained in emergency medicine and emergency nursing.  All of our attending physicians are  Board Certified. When you have a medical emergency, you want to know you’ll be evaluated by physicians that are highly-trained and Board Certified—no matter what time of day or night. South County Hospital is the only designated Stroke Center in southern Rhode Island, and we’re also the area’s primary medical facility for U.S. Coast Guard medical emergencies. In addition, we’re the only hospital in New England awarded the “Pathway to Excellence” award by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center), which recognizes nursing clinical excellence.  Lastly, you’ll be glad to know our Emergency Department was recently rated #1 in the state in patient satisfaction by Press Ganey.

Our emergency medical services facility includes 24 private treatment rooms, including a trauma and cardiac room, advanced patient monitoring and diagnostic technology, electronic medical records, and a dedicated observation unit, all ensuring the highest quality emergency medical care. The space is equipped and designed to enhance the comfort, convenience, and privacy of patients and their families.

When It’s Time To Leave

When it’s time for you to leave the Emergency Department, you’ll be given discharge instructions for follow-up and continuing care. A visit to the Emergency Department can be a stressful time for patients and their families, so it’s important to take your time and read this information carefully. The doctors and nurses are here to help you understand your treatment and to answer any questions you may have.

Meet our Emergency Room Board Certified Physicians

 Learn more about what you can expect when you visit South County Hospital's Emergency Department. 

Women’s Choice Award 2015: One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care
Women’s Choice Award 2015: One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care