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If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1
The Dr. E. Wayne Wilkins, Jr. Emergency Center at North Adams Regional Hospital is a busy place. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our Emergency Center is here to take care of you in a time of crisis. Nearly 21,000 people are seen in the Center each year.
The Wilkins Emergency Center is staffed with physicians trained in emergency medicine, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses. All of our emergency physicians are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support. We're very proud of our nursing staff - all registered nurses in our emergency department are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and in pediatric emergency nursing, one of only a few emergency departments in Massachusetts with that level of expertise among its nursing staff. In addition, all nurses have completed the Trauma Nurse Core Course offered by the Emergency Nurses Association.
We have 12 treatment rooms including trauma rooms for the most serious cases, private treatment areas, and specialty rooms - one for obstetric and gynecological visits.
The Emergency Center was completely redesigned and expanded as part of the CARE Campaign for NARH. The department added treatment rooms and an on-site digital x-ray facility to speed treatment.
The Emergency Center at NARH is on the ground floor of the main hospital building. Parking is available immediately outside the entrance to the department.
When Should I Come to the Emergency Department?
You should seek medical help at an emergency room for any of the following conditions:
  • Unconsciousness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe burns
  • Chest pain
  • Poisonings or overdoses
  • Severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or drug or other allergen, especially if there is breathing difficulty
  • Sudden, acute onset of pain of any kind
  • Abuse--domestic, child, elder, sexual assault
  • Spinal injuries
  • Shock
  • Sudden onset of weakness or inability to move a part of the body
  • Seizures
  • Severe fractures
  • Electrical shocks
  • Acute and unexplained change in behavior, such as when a previously normal person becomes agitated, confused, or withdrawn

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