Emergency doctors in Horry County

When the unexpected happens and you need medical attention fast, we are here for you. The emergency room (ER) at Grand Strand Medical Center provides 24/7 support for medical emergencies, from broken bones to heart attacks.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Your choice for emergency medical services

For years, our hospital and ER have provided quality medical care for patients of all ages. Our comprehensive services and board-certified emergency specialists are available 24/7 to handle any life-threatening emergency, including chest pain and stroke symptoms.

In addition, our dedicated child-friendly ER provides specialized treatment rooms and has pediatric-trained, board-certified emergency physicians on staff.

Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

We have a specially trained team to care for your serious emergencies. As the only Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center recognized by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in Horry and Georgetown counties, our hospital has the proven expertise to save lives. We are committed to providing a higher level of care for the most critically injured patients.

ER wait times

When you need immediate medical attention, there’s nothing more important than getting the help you need as fast as possible. At Grand Strand Medical Center, we post up-to-the-minute information about our ER wait times. This information is available online, on digital billboards and via text messaging to help you choose which of our three ER locations will best meet your needs.

ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).

ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and are defined as the time of patient arrival until the time the patient is greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for the visit.

Quality ERs across the Grand Strand

Along with our main campus, we have extended our emergency coverage with an ER in the South Strand, North Strand, and Carolina Forest. These freestanding ERs provide the same quality of care for residents closer to home.

Our 24/7 ERs are ready to serve the medical needs of residents and visitors along the coast of the Grand Strand. Both facilities are staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and highly trained clinical and support personnel. All of our ER services are linked to and served by EMS, allowing for immediate response to any disaster in the community requiring expert emergency care.

When to call 911

How do you know when you should go to the ER? If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following conditions or symptoms, call 911:

  • Allergic reactions to food or insect bites
  • Broken bones
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Fever that won’t go down
  • Flu-like symptoms that won’t go away
  • Head injury causing loss of consciousness, seizures or vomiting
  • Heart attack symptoms, such as:
    • Back, jaw or neck pain accompanied by sweating
    • Chest pain
    • Left shoulder or left arm pain
    • Shortness of breath, sometimes accompanied by nausea
  • Seizures
  • Serious burns
  • Severe bleeding
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the arms or legs or one side of the face
  • Sudden speech difficulties or trouble seeing
  • Unexpected dizziness or an excruciating headache

If your symptoms don’t fit the list above, contact our Consult-A-Nurse team of registered nurses, available 24/7, at (800) 352-6762.