ER Wait Times in Sarasota County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in Sarasota 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
Englewood Community HospitalEnglewood 1h 45m
Doctors Hospital Of SarasotaSarasota 2h 0m
Venice Regional Medical CenterVenice 2h 45m
Sarasota Memorial HospitalSarasota 3h 20m

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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 95 minute wait difference between the fastest ER in Sarasota and the slowest.


May 19, 2015, 11:10 PM
Lakeland Regional Medical Center: "Visited the ER at Lakeland Regional Hospital because of pain and history of ectopic pregnancy. (Had recently had surgery at the same hospital and upon arriving and leaving after surgery..had a total bill of health ). Well on this last visit I was in pain and was concerned about fallopian tube which was operated on. The doctor named Weeks and his nurse assisting him Jon was completely unethical upon the initial meeting. They intentionally refused to run blood tests on me although giving them medical history. The doctor...again named Weeks....stated he was not taking my blood seeing I did not have a regular doctor. He then stated the nurse would not either. Nurse Jon agreeded he would not draw my blood either. Okay maybe it is just me...but hello...this was a hospital...and definitely could have been an emergency seeing I just left having unexpected surgery on tubes after bleeding 18 days menstrual...well they laughed me to scorn as if I had some type of infectious diseases...or any diseases. Truth is I should be worried about if they have disease while they are drawing my blood. I do not know Weeks or Jon's medical history and they had the nerves to pre judge me. Im disease free and always was thank God...but those two jerks could be full blown anything working in the ER especially with new Hippa Laws. They both need to be fired and the hospital needs to implement better ethical practices among staff towards patients no matter race or creed nor monterial status." - patient

May 06, 2015, 11:49 PM
Villages Regional Hospital, The: "Be careful going to the Villages Hospital.4 hour wait I'm the emergency room\r\nsome of the staff are very rude incondiderzte.\r\nthey have a lot if bad reviews.\r\nThey are busy patting themselves o. The back" - Former

Apr 04, 2015, 3:01 PM
: "I lost my Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Leave at my choice, lack of the staff ability to\r\ncommunicate with me before taking drastic steps, If i need care I will wait till my health care\r\nprovider is available. If at all possible I shall not go to FL. Hospital Emergency in Deland\r\nIf it is at all Humane they need a full shake up over there. Never get to see a Dr, always a PA\r\nbut insurance gets the full brunt of a DRs fee. Wrong milking the insurance industry. I felt\r\nlike a criminal Security Police etc, lesson learned, no joking around making commentsI am an\r\n88 yr old person, and my treatment was wrong, Things were done before any on talked to me \r\nwhich has left me very afraid of ever going to your emergency facility. WE old folks have feelings\r\ntoo don't you think, guess not. I have to have a Colonoscopy done on the 16th & if there was a\r\nway to avoid your place. The reason I went there was I am tired of dierahea that has been with me\r\nway too long. You bet I yelled aout of shear frustration. Enough said" - Louise

Mar 17, 2015, 8:47 AM
University Of Miami Hospital: "It was one of the worst experiences ever!! People were sitting on the floor awaiting to be treated. The wait was almost 7 hours just to be checked in. I understand they are remodeling or whatever but they need to do bettt" - Valerie

Mar 09, 2015, 5:59 PM
Wuesthoff Medical Center - Melbourne: "Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida \r\n\r\nBEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE!\r\n\r\nThis has got to be one of the most inhumane Gestapo Hitler hospitals I have ever seen in my life, and I have seen quite a few, both as a nurse and a patient. I walked into the hospital under my own ability, just to make inquiry about learning of a good physician for my health care_ as I was new to town. \r\nWhile waiting to find out and talking, I had one of my seizures. Having had them over the years since I was only 23 from having have spinal meningitis. I'm trying to tell the staff I had medicine in my purse. I managed to get my medicine out and they put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me at the same time to the emergency room. This is where the horror began. First of all they refused to allow me to take my seizure medicine, yes they said if they're on a table in front of me and just watch me having a seizure refusing to give me my medicine. Then 6 people count them six held me down while I was having the seizure forcing my arms to the side and preventing my head from turning. Now mind you this is the year 2015 this is not the dark ages, and any medical personnel especially in the ER should know you do not hold a patient having a seizure down that is the worst thing you can do. But these darn idiots thought I was some out-of-control drug addict! Totally unbelievable to me. Then to make matters worse they injected me full of some horrible psychotic drug called Haldol that set me on some kind of a terrible terrible hallucinogenic experience that I will never forget. I thought I was going to die for sure_ no joke there. For someone who has never been drunk or even smoked a cigarette in my life it was something that was unconscionable to me that in the year 2015 in a "professional" environment they could treat someone like this. To make matters worse, these people have the ability to do some kind of three day hold on you with the stroke of a pen claiming you are mentally ill, or a danger to yourself or others. So here we haven't the same old stereotypical prejudices of patients who have seizures claiming they are mentally ill. So what did they do? They admit you to the hospital for 3 days and they do this because they know you have insurance and they can soak your insurance company. Then as if that isn't enough to add insult to injury they ship you off to their "sister" hospitality which is a "looney bin", location in Rockledge which it seems is a very well hidden secret. It looks like it was a former prison, complete with bars on the windows and metal screens. I won't even tell you what went on in there watch the show "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and you will know completely that these places still do exist. The only thing that saved me was having a wonderful husband on the outside and these people finding out very quickly that I was one of them an RN who could not be held against my will. It is just amazing what goes on in this country having come from an Island where people are treated very well, and humanely -Hawaii. I was shocked as to what I was seeing here "done to me" on the mainland. I have been hearing many many times over and over that Wousthoff is in fact called WORST OFF. I certainly see how they got that name. \r\nI hope people read this and stay far far away from this place. BEWARE!!!!! Make sure at all times you have another responsible adult with you. This place is literally a house of horrors. It is a shame what the medical profession has become. To add insult to injury they have the nerve to send us a bill for several hundred dollars. Needless to say they won't see a penny from me. And it's very convenient to see how none of these hospitals can be sued." - Retired

Feb 15, 2015, 8:00 PM
Blake Medical Center: "Re: Blake Trauma Center, Bradenton, FL\r\nI am the daughter of a patient admitted to ICU last month. I feel it is an ethical imperative to warn others not to allow an elderly loved one to be treated in this facility. The nursing staff exhibits contempt for elderly patients. There seems to be a pervasive attitude among nursing staff--possibly physicians as well-- that if someone is, like my parent, in his/her ninth decade of life, there is no need to hustle, no need to go the extra mile. Death is, after all, coming soon anyhow.... Why waste precious resources catering to ill and infirm people? In fact, hasten their deaths and it will be better for everyone, right? It doesn't hurt that Blake has crafted an unholy alliance with a for-profit short-term hospice corporation, the very compassionate Tidewell, Inc. Have an elderly patient? Get that person to the brink, transfer to the illustrious Tidewell, and avert a dreaded "death" statistic on the hospital record. If you evaluate the supposed death count at Blake with appropriate scrutiny, you will see that their many transfers of patients to a hospice allow them to claim glorious, undeserved quality care, a low death count. Quit insidious and clever. An evil, horrible, disgusting institution is Blake. Just stay away. Put the monsters out of business." - N.Rae

Jan 24, 2015, 9:17 PM
Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center: "Four days post op I was taken to the ER at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River with a fever, weakness, severe dehydration and nearly constant dry heaves. It was late, and there were several other people waiting---many of which had no business being in the ER and spent their time gossiping on the phone and running around the room as if it were a playground. \r\n\r\nMeanwhile, I'm barely maintaining consciousness, I've broken stitches from my previous surgery and I'm in extreme pain. Many times my body would shake so violently my Mother had to hold me down so I didn't hurt myself. (By the way, I collapsed outside the hospital on the way in and was basically ignored).\r\n\r\nIt was three agonizing hours before I was taken in the back and another 45 before anyone came in to see me. I was given an IV, anti-nausea medication, and sent on my way with a $2700 bill. They didn't even check my surgical wound for internal bleeding (and there was some).\r\n\r\nAbsolutely deplorable care and total lack of caring and concern for people who are very obviously suffering." - Lauryn

Jan 02, 2015, 5:24 PM
South Lake Hospital: "\r\nPatient First? What a joke, what is first is milking insurance companies for unnecessary treatment and hospital stays. What is first is nurses on the ICU floor talking about their pets and ignoring the phones because "we don't answer phones", What is first is nurses clerical work and not a 93 year old women who has not had solid food in three days, who has been on her back in the same bed for 3 days without being moved to a chair, asking for help because her back hurt and being ignored, not being given pain medication, and left to suffer. What is first is a doctor trying to decide whether or not to do a procedure while the patient waits and insurance is charged for unnecessary room charges. What is first is an inexperienced nurse who bangs my 93 year old mothers head with the TV remote, then bangs her bed into a wall while moving her. What is first is an arrogant, greedy doctor who finally does decide to do the procedure, which took 15 minutes and wants the patient to stay another day unnecessarily. What is first is my mothers concerns, putting an incompetent staff in it's place, standing up to a scamming doctor and calling him out on it, and taking my mom home, with or without discharge papers. To whoever is reading this, this is our only community hospital, something needs to be done about the lack of quality care and corruption that seems to be feeding it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n...\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLynn Albanese\r\n\r\n\r\n5:22pm\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLynn Albanese\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nQuality of Care - Mortality Rate\r\nHow well does South Lake Hospital save lives? 2% worse than the national average, based on the overall mortality rate for critical illnesses.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n...\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n" - Nancy

Jan 01, 2015, 6:52 PM
Lee Memorial Hospital: "The infection rate is so high here because they use trucks to ship sterile trays for operations from one warehouse to all hospitals. This is not standard of practice for any hospital on this earth. Normally, each hospital has their own sterile processing department, where they sterilize all instruments for the surgery department. Lee Memorial Health System has a conflict of interest with their CEO and Lee Sar which is owned by Lee Memorial's CEO's brother-in-law. The 2 of them are making billions on the medical supply industry, cutting corners and taking the lives of patients in the process." - Employee

Dec 27, 2014, 7:17 PM
Baptist Medical Center: "Been at Baptist South in Jax Fl for over 3 hours. I was tol my mom would be moved up because of her condition.... Nothing yet. Every experience I have had at this hospital has been the worse. I will be so glad when her insurance carrier changes next year and she can go to another hospital. They told me it could be 2 to 3 for an A-PHIB patient having chest pains????? Really!!!" - Marshaun

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