Don't delay your care during the COVID-19 pandemic
If you're ill or hurt, our Emergency Department is prepared, safe and ready to serve you and your family.
UC Davis Medical Center Emergency Department
Welcome, we are here to provide you with the best health care possible. Before you visit, some important things to remember to bring are:
- your ID
- list of current medications
- list of medication allergies
- health insurance information
- list of questions to ask a medical professional
Upon your arrival, a nurse will be available to greet you and ask you for your name, date of birth, and reason for visit. These will be entered into the computer.
Patients or their families may request a red UC Davis parking pass from the Emergency Department security guard (one per patient). This will allow you to park for up to 6 hours in the Emergency Department parking lot.
For stays lasting more than 6 hours, parking is available in Parking Structure #3 on the corner of Stockton Blvd. and X Street. Cars with disabled parking placards must also display a red UC Davis pass.
See our COVID-19 screening requirements for visitors, and the number of visitors allowed at one time. (Scroll down on the page for additional emergency department information).
During your visit
Learn about resources available to you while visiting our Emergency Department, such as internet access, interpreting services, and cafeteria.
When you first arrive in the waiting area, the first steps will be triage and registration. In a confidential space within the waiting room, the triage nurse will:
- Ask you to further describe your condition
- Assess your situation
- May order initial tests or treatment for you
Registration may happen at any time after triage. You will be seen regardless of your ability to pay. At the registration window, your address and insurance information will be entered into the computer.
We see the most seriously ill and injured patients in our emergency department — patients are seen by severity of medical need and not necessarily in order of arrival.
The person sitting next to you may be in worse condition than you, symptoms of illness are not always visible. We appreciate your patience and understanding if you are required to wait.
You may be called back every 2-4 hours to be reevaluated by the triage nurse while you wait to be seen in a treatment room.
Initial tests or treatments may be ordered based on the triage nurse’s assessment. Find test result times below.
If you experience any change in your condition (such as increased pain or bleeding), please notify the triage nurse.
You may also see a health care provider in the triage area and lab work or X-rays may be ordered.
A second doctor in the treatment area will discuss these results with you once you are placed in a treatment room.
The Emergency Department team consists of doctors (interns, residents and attending physicians), nurses, technicians, and unit secretaries. Once in a treatment room, you will be:
- Examined by a doctor or team of doctors who will make recommendations about your care.
- Tests may be performed to learn more about your condition. You will remain in the treatment area while the tests are being run and your care team will let you know how long you can expect to wait before you get the results.
- Once your tests are complete, your doctor will discuss your treatment options and plan the next steps with you.
Approximate test result times
Routine blood work
4 to 5 hours*
*Actual times may vary, and can be longer during busy times.
Discharge (leaving the Emergency Department)
When you are discharged, your care team will give you instructions to follow on leaving the Emergency Department and answer any questions you may have about your follow-up care. It is important that you can then follow up with a primary care physician.
Admission to the Hospital
If a decision is made to admit you to the hospital your Emergency Department nurse will care for you until your hospital bed is available. Your Emergency Department doctor will make arrangements for your care with the doctors and nurses in the hospital.
UC Davis Pavilion Pharmacy
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekends and holidays
Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion
Just inside main entrance on X Street at 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95817