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Emergency Care & Casualty

The Emergency Department’s policy is that all patients receive a physical examination by a doctor prior to any contact with the patient’s insurer or primary care physician. This ensures you will receive the most appropriate care regardless of your ability to pay or the decision of your health plan concerning payment.

Patients who suffer serious injury need the highest quality specialist care to give them the best chances of survival and recovery. Through our casualty care, patients have direct access to specialist teams and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure they receive immediate treatment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The original term (casualty) meant a seriously injured patient. It was predominantly a military word, a general term for the accidents of service: after a battle the dead, the wounded, and the sick lumped together as “casualties”. The term “casual” has its origin from the workhouse “casual” who was not one of the unemployable permanents, but the irregular  and unexpected caller who needed temporary help. The care of the injured, especially those injured in battle has been one of the important stimuli to improving trauma care. The Knights of St John were said to have been taught by the Greek doctors during the Crusades, later they further developed the first aid principles and ambulance services.