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    A Look at Our Emergency Care Services

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Emergencies are unpredictable and can happen quickly. When you need emergency care, the South Bay Hospital ER is here to provide medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our emergency care center is capable of delivering not only emergency attention, but general, orthopedic, and vascular care as well. South Bay Hospital ER’s experienced team of emergency physicians, nurses, and other staff offer treatment for strokes, heart attacks, allergies, bone fractures, and more. We employ state-of-the-art technology to deliver fast, effective diagnoses and treatment. Our wait times consistently average 18 minutes or less—lower than the national average wait time for emergency care. You can find out the current ER wait time by visiting our website.

    Do you have questions or concerns about medical symptoms or conditions? Call South Bay Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse hotline today at (888) 685-1595 for more information or a physician referral in Sun City Center. You can find out more about our hospital services, including joint replacement, neurology, and cancer care, on the web.

    Simplifying Senior Healthcare

    Last updated 4 years ago

    In today’s world, being a senior doesn’t mean sitting in the corner. Today’s seniors are living longer and healthier lives than in the past—largely thanks to a focus on preventative care. Although effective treatments for everything from cancer care and arthritis to vascular care and heart disease are more precise and effective than ever before, being proactive about managing your health is the best strategy. This infographic from Sun City Center’s South Bay Hospital explains the easy ways seniors can take control of their health. Share this useful information with your friends and loved ones, and spread the word about senior health. 

    Steps You Can Take to Prevent Stroke

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Did you know that stroke is the most common cause of disability in America? Although stroke affects millions of Americans, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Following a few simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of ending up in emergency care because of a stroke. For example, exercising five times per week and eating a diet low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium can greatly reduce your risk.

    By watching this video, you can learn more about preventing stroke. This video emphasizes the importance of having your blood pressure checked regularly. If you do have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, work with your doctor to manage these conditions.

    The team at South Bay Hospital of Sun City Center works closely with patients to improve their overall health and well-being, and reduce their risk of serious medical problems. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595 for a referral to a stroke care specialist, orthopedist, neurologist, or other specialist.

    Emergency Care FAQs

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Since the need for emergency care typically arises rather suddenly, patients who visit the emergency room may feel a little out of sorts. Preparing for a visit before the need arises may help alleviate your concerns. For example, it’s always a good idea to know where the nearest emergency room is in your area. However, bear in mind that you can always call 911 if you require transportation to the emergency department.

    When Should I Visit the Emergency Room?

    In certain cases, the need for emergency care is clear, such as when a bone is fractured or bleeding is uncontrollable. Emergency care is also required if you experience the sudden loss of function, such as abrupt changes in your vision, hearing, balance, and coordination. You should also visit the emergency room if you suffer from possible symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest pain, and potential signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as facial swelling. If you are unsure of whether you should visit the emergency room or wait for an appointment with your doctor, it may be best to err on the side of caution and seek emergency aid.

    What Can I Expect Upon Arrival?

    When you arrive at the emergency room, you can expect to undergo triage. Triage is the process of assessing your symptoms to determine the severity of your condition. Your vital signs will be checked and you can expect to answer questions about your medical history. Emergency room staff treat patients with possible life-threatening conditions first.

    What Can I Expect Upon Discharge?

    After treatment, you may be transferred to a hospital room for further monitoring or you may be discharged. If you are discharged, you’ll receive information on caring for your condition and instructions to follow up with your primary care physician.

    The emergency care team at South Bay Hospital provides emergency medical services 24 hours per day, seven days per week, on each day of the year. Our wait times are consistently lower than most emergency rooms and we strive to provide the highest standard of care possible. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. Otherwise, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595 for general questions about our hospital in Sun City Center.

    A Look at Minimally Invasive Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have osteoarthritis or another condition that significantly affects the function of your hip joint and causes ongoing pain, you could be a candidate for hip replacement. One approach for this surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses an anterior approach. With this innovative new technique, the surgeon can remove the damaged hip joint and replace it without having to detach any muscles or tendons.

    If you’re a candidate for this type of surgery, you can look forward to an accelerated recovery time. You can expect to return home from the hospital sooner and to enjoy full use of your new joint more quickly, which facilitates a healthy, active lifestyle. Since the surgeon uses a smaller incision, there’s less pain and a reduced risk of other side effects, such as dislocation.

    South Bay Hospital of Sun City Center is pleased to offer the innovative anterior approach hip replacement with minimally invasive techniques. For general questions about hip replacement, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595.


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