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ER Wait Times in King County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in King 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.

Hospital - Share Your ExperienceCity
Total Wait Times
Swedish Issaquah
Issaquah 1h 36m
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill
Seattle 1h 56m
Highline Medical Center
Burien 2h 5m
Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bellevue 2h 17m
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle 2h 24m
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
Kirkland 2h 35m
St Elizabeth Hospital
Enumclaw 2h 37m
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle 2h 46m
Northwest Hospital
Seattle 2h 48m
St Francis Community Hospital
Federal Way 2h 59m
Valley Medical Center
Renton 3h 13m
Multicare Auburn Medical Center
Auburn 3h 16m
University Of Washington Medical Ctr
Seattle 4h 19m
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle 5h 9m
Group Health Central Hospital
Seattle N/A
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
Snoqualmie N/A
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle N/A

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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 213 minute wait difference between the fastest ER in King and the slowest.


Stories



Feb 17, 2024, 1:09 AM
: "I currently have been waiting SEVEN hours at Advocate Christ Hospital " - April

Feb 16, 2024, 7:17 PM
: "At 4 hours and counting right now at Lowell General. Staff won’t give estimates on how much longer either. " - Chris

Feb 14, 2024, 4:20 PM
: "I sat a long while just to have the doctor say rectum nearly killed em." - Lewis

Feb 10, 2024, 9:57 AM
: "Went to Bethesda North ER. Currently waiting +2 hours went right thru triage and check in. The two hours is me in ER room waiting for pancreatitis help. Same hospital I was taken by squad earlier this week admitted and spent two days " - Shannon

Feb 07, 2024, 8:18 PM
: "5 hours and still waiting " - Cesar

Jan 31, 2024, 1:29 PM
: "I spent 14 hours at the Clovis ER with a bad gallbladder. During that time I did have several tests done but then was sent back out to the waiting room. Finally decided to go home since I was told I would not be operated on because there were no available beds. Took my IV out myself and went home. My pain level was 8/9 but better to be at home resting than sitting in an ER waiting room. Came back three days later to have outpatient surgery but due to complications I had to spend the night. Took hours to get a room. " - Janet

Jan 26, 2024, 3:44 AM
: "So slow I am having cramps wile I am pregnant and they don't seam to care . This is by far the slowest hospitals I have ever been in
"
- Natasha

Jan 22, 2024, 9:22 PM
: "Waited 6 hours with a broken arm and cried the entire time.
Alton Memorial in Alton Illinois. "
- Marsha

Jan 15, 2024, 3:44 PM
: "OVER 24 HOURS at University Of Chicago. My 82yr dad is in a hallway and they will not let anyone back there with him. They keep saying they are waiting for a bed, but he still sitting since Sunday at 3:30pm. Looks like these wait times do not update.

Any suggestions for a site with accurate times?"
- Sheryl

Jan 15, 2024, 12:34 PM
: "Wait time is the same everyday that I been checking this site" - Beth

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