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A letter was sent in error to some Virginia Premier customers. Centra is accepting Virginia Premier Medicaid. 

Emergency Care

Centra Emergency Departments are open 24 hours to serve our patients and communities. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
A doctor speaking to an emergency patient on a stretcher.

Our approach to care

We understand that a visit to the Emergency Department is not something you or a family member wants to experience. As the region's community healthcare provider, Centra EDs will always be here when you or loved one need us most.

We do not see patients in the order of arrival. A triage process is used to prioritize care and identify patients requiring immediate medical attention according to the nature and severity of their injury or illness. Our goal is for all patients to receive the same excellent care. Your patience helps to save lives.  

After check-in, you will be seen by a Registered Nurse, our Triage Nurse to begin your assessment. This quick check may include some tests, potentially an electrocardiogram, blood draw, urine collection or x-rays. You may be asked to return to the lobby to wait for these results or be taken to a treatment space. Our goal is to begin care as soon as possible.  

Important contact information

Poison Control Center
Call Poison Control
Visit Poison Control's website

Suicide/Crisis Helpline
Visit Lifeline's website

Emergency services:
Call 9-1-1

Related Services

Trauma Services

Lynchburg General Hospital is one of 19 trauma centers in the commonwealth of Virginia, and one of seven Level II Centers.

Where you can find us

We have a number of conveniently located facilities in your neighborhood. See all Locations

Meet our team

Centra's team of Caregivers is dedicated to providing the most advanced, personalized care.

Reasons to visit an Emergency Department

Call 911 or visit the closest emergency department if you or someone experiences conditions that threaten a life or limb, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Chest pain 
  • Deep cuts/lacerations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

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