Beebe Medical Center provides emergency medical care through its Emergency Department at the main campus in Lewes.
As a Level III trauma center, the Emergency Department has the capability to initially manage the majority of injured patients, and it has transfer agreements with higher-level centers of care.
Beebe Medical Center also is connected to a statewide Trauma Network that includes ground and air ambulance equipment, personnel, and paramedics, as well as medical centers, that can be accessed through the 911 telephone number. Always call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.
Beebe Emergency Department
Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes, is located on Savannah Road near Route 1 in
Lewes. For general information, call 302-645-3300. The Emergency Department phone number is 302-645-3289. For emergency
treatment, dial 911.
An emergency situation, by definition, is unexpected. Each of the 80 to 100
patients occupying the Emergency Department's 37 beds during a typical 24-hour period didn't
expect a sudden need for medical attention. Many patients have been
involved in a recreational, workplace, or highway accident. Some experience
potentially life-threatening symptoms. Others have conditions that demand
attention before their regular physicians can give them an appointment. A
number of patients simply have nowhere else to turn for medical care.
Determining who sees a doctor first is the job of the triage nurse. "Triage
is a sorting out according to the seriousness of your illness or injury,"
says Fran Needham, RN, Emergency Services Director, adding that triage
procedures also apply to patients arriving by ambulance.
While waiting cannot be eliminated entirely, the Emergency Department (ED) staff hopes improved
communication will make the stay in the waiting room more bearable. A staff
member acts as a liaison to patients in
the waiting room, bringing frequent updates on how cases are progressing
and providing an estimate of how much longer individuals must wait.
The ED has also opened the treatment area so that a family member or friend
can accompany a patient, which eases anxiety for everyone involved.
Also offered through the ED in Lewes is the Beebe Medical Center Family Life program, which includes:
Beebe Medical Center's Department of Emergency Services at 424 Savannah
Road, in Lewes, is open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for
the treatment of emergencies and illnesses. Our caring, competent
physicians, nurses, and support staff are ready to care for you and your
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