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Hours & Directions
Immediate Care for Emergencies & Traumas
The UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center Emergency Department is a Level IV trauma center with emergency and trauma services. Our emergency department is a 13 bed unit available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. We care for over 24,000 patients each year in our emergency department. Our physicians are trained in Advance Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Our registered nurses and emergency medical service staff are specialty trained for adult and pediatric trauma, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Advanced Pediatric Life Support. We are ready to respond rapidly, appropriately and efficiently to any health care emergency.
When You Arrive
Diagnosis will be performed in the emergency department. If any tests or scans are needed, they will be completed quickly. Lab and radiology, including CT, are located adjacent to the emergency department to provide fast care to our patients.
Keeping the Community Safe
Members of our emergency team participate in multiple Fort Dodge and surrounding community committees and groups including:
- Inter-Agency, which meets monthly to plan and drill for disasters to ensure disaster preparedness
- Domestic Violence Response Team
- Region V Hazmat Team
- Webster County Disability Alliance
- Drug Endangered Children
- Trauma nurse coordinator, emergency department medical director and EMS staff coordinate injury prevention activities
LifeFlight Air Ambulance
For several decades, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center partnered with LifeFlight in Des Moines to bring rapid air transport for critically-ill and injured patients in response to a need for improved emergency transportation services to north central Iowa.
The ability to stabilize and transport patients as quickly as possible is critical, which is why LifeFlight and its crew can be instrumental during life-threatening situations. LifeFlight also transports between hospitals if a patient is in need of specialized medical or surgical treatment. Learn more about LifeFlight and the services we provide.
What Type of Appointment Do I Need?
Primary Care encompasses the comprehensive treatment of a number of diseases in symptoms and specialties including pediatrics, internal medicine and family medicine. Rather than specializing in one particular area of medicine, the physician is trained to meet all the needs of patients as one point of contact. Examples of symptoms and conditions treated by a primary care provider can include:
- Minor medical problems and injuries
- Physicals/Sports Physicals
- Medicine Checks
- Long Term Care
- Medication Refill
- Ongoing Symptoms (ex: Continued Back Pain)
- Care or Treatment Planning
- Disease Management
- Managing Existing Conditions (Migraines, Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis, etc.)
- Substance Abuse
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes and obesity
- Skin problems
Urgent Care and Express treat minor medical problems and injuries that are not life-threatening, but need the attention of a health care provider. These are not an alternative to the emergency room, but offer the ability to get walk-in care without an appointment for all patient ages. Urgent Care is available after hours, weekends and holidays. Our Urgent Care Clinics can provide medical treatment for minor illness and injuries such as:
- Cuts (Stitches)
- Earaches or Ear Infections
- Minor Medical Problems and Injuries
- Minor Eye Care
- Fractures (X-Ray On-Site at Most Locations)
- Sore Throats
- Sprains, Including Sprained Ankles (X-Ray On-Site at Most Locations)
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Yeast Infections
- Certain Rapid Tests
Please note: Flu shots, physicals and/or sports physicals are not offered at every walk-in care location.
*If you are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, please go to the Emergency Department or call 911 immediately. For less serious medical issues, such as physicals, medication refills or to leave a message for your primary care doctor, you can access your My UnityPoint patient portal 24/7!
Connect with a UnityPoint Health provider online using MyUnityPoint to access virtual urgent care or SmartExam. Virtual care doctors can diagnose, recommend treatment and prescribe medication when necessary for commonly treated conditions. Available every day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for individuals 2 years and older located in the state of Iowa.
Virtual care should be used for minor, common ailments and illnesses. Some examples, and the qualifying age to receive virtual care or SmartExam for that condition, include:
|Condition||Virtual Urgent Care||SmartExam|
|Cough/Upper Respiratory Infection||2+||18+|
|Urinary Tract Infection||13+ (female only)||18+|
|Vaginal Infection (yeast/bacterial vaginosis)||18+||18+|
Emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for severe or life-threatening conditions. Conditions that require ER care include excessive bleeding, broken bones, chest pain or trouble breathing. Emergency services include diagnostic testing and access to specialists.