If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Baylor St. Luke's Emergency Center-Galleria is an emergency room, commonly called an E.R., providing critical and life saving healthcare services to patients throughout the Houston area through their location at 6363 San Felipe St, Ste 100. They are required by law to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on national holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
While their availability can be enticing, you should really only visit an E.R. if you absolutely have to as they can be quite expensive and have much longer wait times than an walk-in urgent care center. In fact, some insurance carriers have begun to refuse paying for emergency room visits that were in fact non-emergent. An interesting fact that about 50% of emergency room diagnosis could be addressed at a quicker, less expensive urgent care center. If you believe that to be an option you may want to consider Urgent Care for Kids (open today from 3:00pm to 9:00pm) or Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care (open today from 9:00am to 9:00pm), which are 5.0 and 5.1 miles away, respectively.
As an emergency room, Baylor St. Luke's Emergency Center-Galleria is fully equipped and staffed to perform live saving medical intervention. Heart attacks, strokes, head and neck injuries, severe penetrating wounds and lacerations, extreme temperatures (over 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and symptoms of Pneumonia are a few of the most common injuries and illnesses that present at the E.R.
If you are looking to learn more about emergency rooms and when (and when not) to vist one, statistics, trends, FAQs and other useful information, check out our blog to empower your knowledge as a healthcare consumer.