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

ER Wait Time in San Diego Hospitals

These are the average wait times San Diego hospital ER's from fastest to slowest. Actual wait times will depend on many factors.

Hospital - Share Your ExperienceCity
Total Wait Times
Sharp Memorial Hospital
San Diego 2h 46m
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
San Diego 3h 11m
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego 3h 31m
University Of California San Diego Medical Center
San Diego 4h 14m
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - San Diego
San Diego 5h 39m

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 173 minute wait difference between the fastest San Diego emergency room and the slowest.

Stories



Jan 30, 2023, 9:48 PM
: "My husband’s doctor sent us to the ER after leaving his office. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. 4 hours later we are still here with no direction waiting on a CT scan." - Mimi

Jan 24, 2023, 5:25 AM
: "Brought my 11 week old son in with severe respiratory symptoms. Waited from 10:30pm to 5am. Many other kids there but none were seen the whole time we were there. Left to see our pediatrician. Will dispute charges." - Tom

Jan 24, 2023, 5:25 AM
: "Brought my 11 week old son in with severe respiratory symptoms. Waited from 10:30pm to 5am. Many other kids there but none were seen the whole time we were there. Left to see our pediatrician. Will dispute charges." - Tom

Jan 21, 2023, 10:04 AM
: "I've been at Harford Memorial for 12 hrs right now. Not true " - Kristie

Jan 21, 2023, 6:37 AM
: "I've been at Harford Memorial for 12 hrs right now. Not true " - Kristie

Jan 14, 2023, 5:04 PM
: "Truthfully it's not about the wait time, it's all about the outcome! Short wait at Crouse (via ambulance) but they did nothing for hours then discharged. Drove to Upstate ER 6 hours later and after 2 hour wait they cauterized and have been fine since...Take me to Upstate!" - bud

Jan 13, 2023, 8:01 PM
: "Waited 4 hrs in er with broken rotator cup for 4 hrs. My daughter, Laura Burns sat for 9 hrs with an atop pregnancy. In Sept. She could have died. Both In Abington ER.
Be ashamed. Surprised u haven't been sued. Have also mentioned to my Insurance Company to recheck their billing to Blue Cross. Never heard or saw Doctors billing me."
- Diane

Jan 12, 2023, 1:04 PM
: "i went to Memorial Mission in Asheville NC...THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!
I live 8 minutes from the hospital..arrived at 6:08 pm on 1/11/2023 waited an hour in line just to see a nurse to check in..then waited another hour just to see triage nurse who was very nice took my blood for lab and urine..he then gave me an IV of fluid and nausea meds to wheel me back into the waiting room for my long 8 hour wait..to never see a doctor. Nurses could not or would not tell anyone what the hold up was. rude and nasty to everyone..finally had enough told the nurse at the desk to take out my Iv in my arm i was going home. her words were what's your name..told her and as i turned to leave she said to me hope you feel better soon. I turned around and told her what do you care?? If you did care for anyone of us you would get off your ass and find out how much longer until we see a doctor. instead you sit there rude and nasty eating and chatting with the other nurses on duty laughing while we all are suffering and sick. i walked out the door. NEVER RECOMMENDED THEM FOR ANYONE!! I used to hold memorial mission hospital in buncombe county to be the BEST...NOT ANYMORE!!

A gentleman in his 70"s sitting next to me told me he suffered a heartattack a week ago..returned with chest pain...he had been there 8 hours before i even arrived and still wasn't seen before i keft. this man could of died in the ER and no one even batted an eye to help him.
Doctors coming off elevators and stairs with coffee drinks and delivery food...yet no one was being taken back to be seen.

Triage nurses walking around checking vitals every hour asking us if we had any changes in the past hr since seeing them. Screaming peoples names as the walk around.

DO BETTER MISSION!!!"
- christina

Jan 10, 2023, 5:46 AM
: "We have been waiting in the waiting room at Unity Point Methodist since 10pm 1/9/23. It's now 4:45am 1/10/23. No end in site. Still a lot of people in the waiting room. " - Kim

Jan 09, 2023, 5:09 AM
: "Came in this morning around 4:27 for a fissure it's now 5:15 and I'm discharged. " - Lando

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.