In an emergency, every second counts.

ECU Health offers 24/7 emergency departments at each of our nine hospitals and a dedicated children’s emergency department at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, specializing in emergency care for those under the age of 18.

Some medical emergencies require advanced specialty care. For those living in eastern North Carolina, you have quick access to our Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Emergency or Immediate Care?

When to Visit the Emergency Department

Knowing when to visit the emergency department (ED) versus when to use other quality care options from ECU Health is half the battle. If you are experiencing any of the following, seek emergency medical care at your closest ECU Health emergency room or call 9-1-1:

  • Broken bone
  • Chest pain
  • Drug/alcohol overdose
  • Poisoning
  • Seizure
  • Serious burns
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Stroke
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

When to Visit ECU Health Immediate Care

If you are experiencing an illness or injury that is not life-threatening — but shouldn’t wait for a scheduled appointment with your primary care provider, immediate (or urgent) care may be the answer. Visit one of our six ECU Health Immediate Care facilities below, or you may be able to use ECU Health’s online platform, ECU HealthNow (Apple | Android).

  • ECU Health Immediate Care – Ahoskie
  • ECU Health Immediate Care – Edenton
  • ECU Health Multispecialty Clinic – Belhaven
  • ECU Health Multispecialty Clinic – Tarboro
  • The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center – Kitty Hawk
  • The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center – Nags Head

Visit ECU Health Immediate Care if you experience the following:

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Minor burn
  • Minor cuts
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin rash
  • Sprains or strains
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing