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Old 06-11-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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anyone familiar with the city's ER's (particularly outer boroughs), knows that you get good care (the important thing) but, boy, do you have to wait in order to get it. With more and more cutbacks, the ER's are flooded with people right now every night and the quickest expected turnaround is around 6 hours (if you're lucky) at most/many places.

How are things in Westchester? Are the ER's just as crowded? Are the wait times just as long? Is the care as good ... or better ... or worse?

Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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Emergency rooms are crowded everywhere. Triage gets the sickest in first, and everyone else needs to wait. That's how it is all over.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Point taken. However, there are articles recently written about how hospital closures in Queens have doubled ER wait times, for example. Just wondering on opinions as to whether wait times in Westchester are on par with Manhattan and outer boroughs or less.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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When we first moved up here from Brooklyn my wife cut her finger open one Sunday and we decided we had to take her to the ER. We had the then 2 year old with us and were nervous about it, since our city ER experiences had been horrible--long waits, rooms full of seriously wounded people, screaming, blood, etc. We went to the ER at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt Kisco and there were maybe three or four people in the waiting room. There was a huge fish tank with tropcial fish that kept my son quite happy while we waited. I asked the nurse if it was always so mellow and she said, "Sunday's all we get is a few bagel cuts." We've been to the ER a few times since, at various times, and it has never been even very busy or at all crazy.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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It's true, Westchester ERs are far superior to the City in terms of wait-times. It's rare to have a major back-up, though it can get hectic on weekend nights, or after snowstorms, etc.

Things have been getting a bit worse in recent years, as some hospitals have closed, and others have reduced staffs.

But it is rare to have to wait more than an hour.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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From my experience, in Westchester, Dobbs Ferry Hospital has the best ER wait times, and Mt. Vernon Hospital the worst (with White Plains Hospital a close 2nd).
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. Great feedback ... particularly since it was exactly what I was hoping to hear!
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