ER Wait Times in Delaware County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in Delaware County show the time patients can expect to spend. Actual wait times will depend on many factors, such as severity of the injury, time of day, and staffing. Patients are quickly evaluated as part of a triage process, so the most severe cases can be treated first. Depending on the hospital, this initial wait can run from a few minutes to over an hour. The times below also include wait times for initial treatment, since there can be many delays after the triage process. Choose an ER with a shorter wait time to get seen more quickly.

Total Wait Times
Main Line Hospital Bryn Mawr CampusBryn Mawr 2h 24m
Riddle Memorial HospitalMedia 2h 57m
Mercy Fitzgerald HospitalDarby 3h 12m
Crozer Chester Medical CenterUpland 3h 25m
Delaware County Memorial HospitalDrexel Hill 3h 32m

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These are the average time from entering the ER to being admitted to the hospital by a doctor. In a busy ER, patients will be seen by a triage nurse first. Then the wait time will vary by severity, and how busy the ER is at the time of day. Patients with less serious problems could have substantially longer waits.

There is a 68 minute wait difference between the fastest ER in Delaware and the slowest.


Jul 28, 2016, 12:11 AM
Highlands Hospital: "I lovehighlands. Been admitted to this hospital several times nurses all great. Doctors in er we can be touch and go but normally great experiances!!!!" - Marie

Jul 13, 2016, 9:28 AM
Washington Hospital, The: "My mother was recently at Washington Hospital, UPMC. This was her 8th admit this year. Every experience has been pretty bad but this most recent was DESPICABLE! Dr. Husan, head of the Hospitalist, refused to give care to my music m for 2 days! The nurses and family begged him. I finally had her transferred to Shadyside, Pittsburgh where she received WONDERFUL care. Dr. Husan refused to start an IV even though my mom was unable to swallow for 2 days due to severe mouth ulcer and her BUN and Creatinine were climbing to alarming rates. He stated because she had a small pleural effusion and EF of 20%. Obviously I'm a very educated and experienced RN so although he fooled my family, I knew my mom and my medicine. When I challenged him he just refused to go see her or give her any care. I have to give kudos to the head nurse Frank, her nurse Tammy, the head of case management, Lynn and the nurse supervisor. They all also tried to convince the arrogant (or stupid but I really believe arrogantly) dr. Husan. They all were very supportive of our request to transferring, assuring us it was the right thing to do. Lynn somehow convinced Dr. Husan to agree to a direct transfer so the family did not have to pay the $1100. Ambulance fee, for that I was grateful. At Shadyside, the immediately began gentle hydration. The nurses and doctors were so supportive to family and mom. My mom eventually passed peacefully at Shadyside. However, with their care, she became alert and was able to have valuable family time, was comfortable and laughing with us, and able to be involved in end of life decisions. My family will NEVER go back to Washington Hospital but can not say enough positives about Shadyside. A huge Thank You to Dr. Redner, Joan the CRNP, THE MANY NURSES AND TECHS ON 7C. God Bless you all for the joy and peace we got with our mom because of you all. " - Judy

Jul 13, 2016, 3:30 AM
Geisinger Medical Center: "Geisinger health system as a whole reminds me of a person who buys a luxurious house but can not afford to furnish it...all for show. They can not staff what they build, completely pathetic. They claim to be "caring" but are unable to live up to their words. A 4-6hr wait time in an outdated emergency room with frustrated overworked and underpaid staff members = idiocy, period! It reminds me of a on line seller claims to have all the product and then you place the order to find out they won't give you your money back and you have an eight week lead time. Imagine a five-star hotel with a single outhouse restroom.... that's the feeling you get when you walk into the emergency room of these ridiculous facilities. They can spend all the money on advertising and changing logos and claiming that they are there for the patient but cannot live up to the words. Sort of like a Patiller selling a rotten vegetables but keeps explaining how delicious and good looking they are while showing you a fungus covered tomato. Profit driven egotists. GEISINGER -> Greedy Egotistical Imbeciles, complete with your choice of words. Thanks! " - Laurie

Jul 07, 2016, 12:23 PM
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital: "I've been dealing with back issuesand I'm getting surgery in a week, last night a took a pretty big fall and had to go to the er. I sat there for 4 hours in the waiting before they took me back. When they got me in the back there were no doctors only a nurse practioner who treated me like I was seeking drugs. They took me for an xray which luckily didn't show anything out of place. Marcy the nurse practioner toldme she was going to give me shot of an anti-inflammatory, I explained to her that I can't have any of that BC I'm within my 7 days until surgery. She proceed to argue with me that my surgery is 10 days away when its clearly 7. Finally she said she would give me something different but she didn't have any nurses to give the shot to me and it would be hours until someone got around to it. A nurse came in 1/2 hour later and gave me the shot. It was like Marcy was just trying to "scare" me by saying I'd be there for hours more. 1/2hour after the shot I was able to go home. I've had multiple encounters with GeneralHospital and numerous times they've treated me like I'm seeking drugs, which is ridiculous I'm in actual pain or I wouldn't be getting a second back surgery. Never going there again Geisinger from here on out." - Alexandra

Jun 19, 2016, 9:41 AM
: "I was waiting at the York Wellspan Hospital for a little over3 hours. My husband was violently throwing up the whole day. And we decided to take him there. He was almost becoming unconscious do to the lack of fluids that would stay in him. That place is a joke they did nothing while we were there, other than giving him a blanket. We eventually went home cause it was 2 in the mornin and no one's names were being called. We just ended up searchin some information on how to handle his illness and he was just fine. He slept thru the whole night without throwing up. \r\nThis "new" and "improved" hospital is ridiculous. " - Mrs.

Jun 13, 2016, 9:43 AM
Geisinger - Community Medical Center: "I took my wife into the ER Sunday (6/12/16). Our wait in the waiting room was less than 5 minutes, we were taken to an exam room and she was seen by an ER nurse shortly after that. Tests were promptly ordered and completed. My wife was eventually admitted.The entire process from parking to room was under 4 hours. The staff we encountered from intake ,transport, nurses, doctors an interns were all very accommodating, friendly and professional. ER visits are always stressful but this was by far the most positive and professional environment I have been exposed to. Outstanding!" - David

Jun 01, 2016, 8:40 AM
: "Took my partner to the Good Samaritan Hospital ER in Lebanon yesterday afternoon. She was sent from the local Urgent Care Center with a suspected blood clot in her lower right leg. Got there around 6:15 p.m. We were told it was busy and to wait in the ER waiting room. Finally, at 8 p.m. they took her for a Doppler Ultrasound. Then sat and waited for another 3-1/2 hours until someone finally took her back to be examined - by that time it was 11:45 p.m. She was finally examined by a doctor and told her Doppler was fine, no clot, and given a scrip for antibiotics and discharged.\r\n\r\nWhile waiting, I watched a lady come in having severe trouble breathing and who was left to sit and wait, as well as another woman with irregular heart beat and chest pain who waited one hour less than we did to be seen. Then there was the mother with a baby who was unable to keep even water down who'd been there longer than we had -- she finally gave up and took her child home around 11:30 p.m. not having been seen at all.\r\n\r\nWe finally were discharged at 12:15 a.m. and we both said we should've gotten t-shirts that said "I waited over 6 hours, how long did you?"\r\n\r\nTerrible triage, staff did not appear to be organized, not enough space in the ER for patients (lots of wasted space in the cavernous lobby of the hospital though that would be better served by enlarging the ER). It's too bad they don't have an urgent care center attached to the hospital - it would ease the traffic in the ER.\r\n\r\nI'm just glad she did NOT have an actual blood clot, because sitting there for six hours (with feet on the floor, no less), would've been disastrous in that instance. Of course, this is the same hospital where a few months ago one of the RN's on duty asked me "Well, why would broken ribs have an affect on your breathing?"" - Nansi

Apr 26, 2016, 10:05 PM
Geisinger Medical Center: "I went to Geisinger in Danville for chest pain. They took me for an x-ray and blood work then sent me to the waiting room. Supposed to give me aspirin but never did. I finally just walked out of the waiting room after being there for six hours. I understand they were busy but six hours with chest pain. " - Sandra

Jan 19, 2016, 8:45 PM
: "I went to Delaware county hospital to visit my aunt. She has a sroke on her church trip. I pulled into the garage there was no security. took elevator to second floor main blgd. Still no security, I walked to main entrance. There was a sign on the desk next to phone, still no,security\r\nI called operator was out on hold. I ask a stranger how to get upstairs they pointed to elevator. " - lamonte

Dec 07, 2015, 2:09 PM
Excela Health Westmoreland Regional Hospital: "I am on this site trying to find an alternative to Excela Westmoreland. I am in need of a hospital in the near future and refuse to go to the closest monopoly of Excela due to their long wait time, inefficiency, poor patient care and no continuity of care. \r\nI was forced to wait in a hallway, triaged there-forget HIAPPA- charged for a narcotic that was not given, and released without a ride home. \r\nNot the best care for for two herniated disks, one that they overlooked. " - C

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