Coronavirus Alert: Wait times are statistical averages and may not reflect current wait times during the pandemic.

ER Wait Times in Mecklenburg County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in Mecklenburg 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
Carolinas Medical Center/Behav Health
Charlotte 2h 27m
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville
Huntersville 2h 54m
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews
Matthews 3h 3m
Carolinas Med Ctr-University
Charlotte 3h 7m
Presbyterian Hospital
Charlotte 3h 13m
Carolinas Med Center-Mercy
Charlotte 3h 21m
Presbyterian-Orthopaedic Hospital
Charlotte N/A

Add an Urgent Care Center to the list




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 54 minute wait difference between the fastest ER in Mecklenburg and the slowest.


Stories



Oct 20, 2020, 3:23 PM
: "A week ago a friend went to Trinity Sherman campus ER. He was there for 6 hours.

Last night my daughter had to go to the emergency room, same campus on Sherman. She got there at 5 pm. She never even got put in a room until after 9 pm. She finally left the hospital at 11:30 p.m. She said there was loud laughter and singing going on in the back and when anyone would go up to ask why there was such a delay they were treated rudely. This is unacceptable and horrible. She said people were talking and said they had been there since 3 pm and as of 7 pm hadn't been seen. This is only option in Muskegon now for an emergency room Sad."
- Ann

Oct 15, 2020, 10:48 PM
: "Checked into the emergency room at Ascension St. Vincent’s On South Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis @10:10 triage nurse came out and took me back. Told me have a seat and explained I pulled something. In my side muscle or rib, she said “you were sitting in the waiting room”, actually no I wasn’t my granddaughter was sitting. If I could sit or lay down I wouldn’t even wasted my time coming here. She was so rude, said there was 9 patients ahead of me and they would get to me sometime later tonight. I would t recommend this hospital for nothing. She stated she only had the covid room and I’m not putting you in there, that’s good because I’m not going in there. I realize all these doctors and nurses are stressed out but do t take it out on me, I did t cause you to work all these hours because of covid. Have some compassion for those in pain. " - D

Oct 14, 2020, 9:17 AM
: "I have been here since 2 am in the ER waiting room with a family member. No one has even came to check on him. They just keep telling me soon well what do you consider soon? It's been over 4 hours and I am not pleased. There are still people in front of us waiting to be seen. Does nobody work here? Worst experience ever. " - Amanda

Oct 13, 2020, 12:54 AM
: "Had major neck surgery on September 24 at a Hoag outpatient facility that decided to discharge me hours too soon and ended up at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach at 6pm. The experience was a nightmare. No social distancing rules being followed EXCEPT that I wasn’t allowed my husband in with me despite being in agony from the surgery and unable even to sit up straight. Was told it would be at least a five hour wait - told to go and “wiggle myself” into a tiny two seater couch and lie down even with brand new titanium in my neck. No one seemed to care. Eventually when I refused to allow them to quell my wheelchair into a corner to be forgotten about in the COVID craziness of the ER lobby a wonderful nurse took compassion on me and went to find a recliner chair then got me into the overflow in radiology. That’s where patients were being put becaise there was no room, but they didn’t have the staff to take care of patients back there! Apparently the hospital was full and despite my doctor wanting to admit me it was impossible. Eventually at midnight I was put into an ER room as an admission. Apparently 23 out of the 50 ER rooms were being used for admissions causing even further backups. Staff were being called in from other departments to help - I ended up with an ICU nurse who was trying to help the chaos.

I have a friend who went through an almost identical situation at UCI in Irvine the day before. I do not know why no one is talking about the. HASs in our emergency rooms right now. It is unconscionable! Lives are going to be lost. People are already suffering unacceptably from pain and other conditions that are being ignored. Something has to be done but that’s impossible when it’s being hidden! How can we get the word out about what is really happening in our emergency rooms right now?!

#hoag #hoaghospital #erchaos #patientlives"
- Susannah

Oct 12, 2020, 6:08 PM
: "Arrived at the Ohio State University Medical Center ED at 11 am after being sent there by transplant doctor who was concerned about an infection that wasn't clearing up, endangering my transplanted organ. He wanted me to receive antibiotics via IV since I'm severely allergic to all penicillins and derivatives.

When I arrived, ED was quiet, one patient in waiting room, no wait for triage. After quarantine of 8 months due to my immunosuppressed status, I was relieved to see that it was quiet.

However, I was never asked if I had any covid19 symptoms, even though I had a fever of 101.7 and rising. This concerned me because when I've had to get a blood draw at a facility that is part of this hospital, they were very careful about making sure I changed masks, took my temp and put it on a sticker I was required to wear while on the premises. In this place, it was clear to me they weren't checking people.

I sat there for 5 hours as the ED filled up with coughing, sneezing, vomiting people, employees not social distancing and no one following the rules posted all over the place - except for the one that said I couldn't have a support person with me. However, more than 1/2 waiting did have one or more persons waiting with them. My blood was collected, my urine was not. Test results hadn't been posted after 5 hours (now 9 hours later & still not posted), no one ever checked in on me (or anyone) and no explanation offered why they had an immunosuppressed person sitting in the waiting room with sick people.

I decided to go home because I was in so much pain and discomfort from the fever, which was 102.4 when I got home, I couldn't sit in the uncomfortable chair any longer. I have never done anything like this before. But I've only ever visited the ER during true emergencies, which I was told this was.

When I let the man at the front entrance know I was leaving but had not been seen so they could remove me from the queue, he was completely unconcerned. He took my name and said he'd tell "them".

I'm home eating aspirin to keep my fever down & will go to infectious disease doctor tomorrow and hopefully able to get treatment. I feel I've unnecessarily exposed myself to covid19 for nothing. "
- Kelly

Oct 02, 2020, 11:26 AM
: "10/2/20 -,My sister has been sitting in the ER since 11:30 last night at Munson hospital at Traverse City Michigan. They suspect a possible brain bleed but there are no rooms available to admit her. It’s not because of Covid since they have barely any Covid deaths in that small town. Unreal!" - Eva

Oct 02, 2020, 7:47 AM
: "10/2/20 -,My sister has been sitting in the ER since 11:30 last night at Munson hospital at Traverse City Michigan. They suspect a possible brain bleed but there are no rooms available to admit her. It’s not because of Covid since they have barely any Covid deaths in that small town. Unreal!" - Eva

Sep 06, 2020, 11:29 AM
: "Hospital very bad two people in waiting area no asking
Mo asking now patients r feeling people behind dr
Desk just taking about they family member if I am out here more than 2 hours i will check myself out my feet is swollen and I am In pain
Mmh "
- Joannie

Aug 29, 2020, 5:53 AM
: "I've waited 18 hours at John Hopkins Bayview. I need to go again, I've lost all use of my left hand. I woke up one morning and my hand was numb and I can only move a couple of fingers. I don't want to go to the ER because all these Covid-19 paitents but I'm afraid my hand will permanently be like this if I wait." - Matt

Aug 27, 2020, 11:49 AM
: "I waited in the ER for over five hours and had to leave. I was at Northwestern Hospital and it was talk from urgent care it wouldn’t be a long wait. The worst thing for me and whatever I have is City and I felt like I was going to fall off the chair the whole time. I have not been down my hand and arm. I can’t even close my right hand all the way so I drop stuff all the time. I would say perhaps the worst part other than the pain and dizziness is having bladder issues. Yesterday I unfortunately had an accident. I don’t understand why something like this can wait so long. My version of emergency is being seen sooner than later. If I told somebody it’s an emergency and I need you they wouldn’t wait five hours to help me. I am at a loss. I can’t even close my right hand all the way so I drop stuff all the time. I would say perhaps the worst part other than the pain and dizziness is having bladder issues. Yesterday I am fortunately had an accident. I don’t understand why something like this can wait so long. My version of emergency is being seen sooner than later. If I told somebody it’s an emergency and I need you they wouldn’t wait five hours to help me. I am at a loss. " - Jackie

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. HospitalStats does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, hospitals, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.