For minor emergencies, we offer a special Flex Care area — allowing you to wait less and live more. In most cases, you'll receive treatment in 90 minutes or less for the most common of emergency situations.

Some types of injuries and illnesses typically seen in our Flex Care:

  • Sprains and some broken bones
  • Skin and tissue injuries, such as cuts and puncture wounds without excessive bleeding
  • Earaches
  • Flu and infections
  • Bronchitis, congestion and coughs
  • Minor allergic reactions with swelling or itching
  • Bites from animals or insects
  • Minor foreign body removal

What to Bring to the ER
While MedStar Good Samaritan’s emergency department team is there when you need it, you can take steps — in advance — to be better prepared to handle a medical emergency. Kevin Scruggs, MD, chief of emergency services at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, suggests having the following information organized and handy so you can bring it with you when you have to go to the ER:

  • Your doctor’s name, phone number and pager number
  • All your insurance information
  • Any medications you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter as well as herbal supplements and vitamins; the best idea is to bring them in their original containers
  • A list of medications to which you are allergic
  • Your health history
  • A copy of your latest EKG, if you have heart problems

Call Us Today

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Flex Care is available from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week.