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.

HospitalCity
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.


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May 23, 2015, 2:27 PM
Lower Bucks Hospital: "here 4 hrs in pain no pain reliever X-ray two hrs ago no doctors been in this. Is the worst so far and I'm not done yet no light in this tunnel" - Daniel

May 20, 2015, 9:42 PM
Hanover Hospital: "Not sure where you got your 34 minute wait stat.\r\nI went to Hanover ER last night - after 4 hours, I couldn't take it anymore and went to York Hospital. Found out I had a kidney stone. So the four hours I spent doubled over in pain waiting for some help were a total waste of time. Can't wait to share information with my insurance company." - Sara

May 12, 2015, 6:55 PM
Upmc Mercy: "Yesterday I took my son to the emergency room at UPMC Mercy. He presented with severe abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and nausea. Eight hours later he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. He was not admitted and no referral to a gastroenterologist was given. Only a prescription for Percocet was written. Today I took him to a gastroenterologist who was recommended by a friend. As per this doctor, the wrong tests were administered at UPMC Mercy. He sent us to the hospital with which he is affiliated. The correct tests were done and my son was admitted to that hospital." - sydney

Apr 11, 2015, 6:46 AM
Robert Packer Hospital: "Brought my girlfriend in after she injured her foot. The pain had become unbearable. Any weight bearing was out of the question. We moved through triage and saw our doctor within 20 minutes of arriving. The doctor says that she will need an X-Ray and that people will come to take her. So we wait. And wait. And wait. Finally a nurse peeks her head in an hour later. She asks "Did you get your X-Ray yet?" We respond with no. She goes and talks to other nurses at the desk. We hear her say "Why hasn't the patient in room 7 been taken for her X-Ray?" Other nurses respond with "Oh the techs left a while ago to do the portable X-Rays on the upper floors and in the ICU." First nurse then says "They were supposed to do her X-Ray before leaving." We have been waiting for her to get an X-Ray for just 15 minutes short of 2 hours. We are still waiting. Doctor came by again at one point and offered a pleasant explanation as to what the techs were doing and why the wait has been so long. Prior to this I had wandered out to the nurses' desk and asked a woman at the desk if my girlfriend would be getting her X-Ray soon. She responded with "It takes time when you go to the ER." This was said in a very condescending tone I might add. So, again, we are still waiting. The RPH ER is known for its slowness but this is outrageous. Very dissatisfied." - Cody

Mar 08, 2015, 12:34 AM
Abington Memorial Hospital: "My last visit was an emergency for severe chest pain on Dec 21 2014. I am very upset about the care I received in Abington's ER. Although I was taken right back, it took way too long for the staff to take me serious when I told them how painful these chest pains were. They continued to rule out everything before a heart attack, which is what I had. This, even after having a mini stroke in this hospital 2 years before and telling them of the family history of heart disease and death of my father and brother in their 40's. I had a heart attack and it took them a long time ( especially for a stroke, chest heart center) to figure this out. I was even told I was fine to use the restroom down the hall alone and also taken for a CAT scan which was NOT meant for me, but a mistaken identity, all the while having severe chest pain! I still have anxiety attacks over this experience. Fourteen hours later I was finally seen by a cardiologist and taken to the cardio cath lab with a 99 percent blockage. " - june

Feb 23, 2015, 6:01 PM
Windber Hospital: "Had previous positive experiences until today. Took my son due to a doctor not being available at his pediatricians office. The attending doctor, Dr. Grossman, was extremely rude and arrogant. He talked down to my husband and I. We waited for 4 and a half hours in the er with our son. All the other staff were pleasant and courteous. I will be filing a complaint against him!" - Cheryl

Nov 25, 2014, 10:18 PM
Holy Spirit Hospital: "Came to the ER on suggestion from primary Dr. After my daughter had been in an accident I have been sitting in a hallway for 5hours with her waiting for results. I find this very umreasonable. " - Lisa



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