ER in Dulles, Virginia

If you live in Loudoun County, you can trust that you are receiving the best care as quickly as possible when you choose the emergency room at StoneSprings Hospital. Our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, and we provide specialized care for children through our dedicated pediatric emergency room.

If you or a loved one are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

When to visit the ER

Sometimes it can be hard to know when you are facing a medical emergency. Stomach pain and headaches are two of the most common reasons people go to the ER, but how do you know when you should seek emergency care right away? The following are symptoms you should check for if you are considering a visit to the StoneSprings Hospital 24-hour ER:

The flu virus is very common and does not normally require a visit to the ER. But, for the high-risk populations listed below, it can be very serious:

  • Infants
  • People 65 years old and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • People with weakened or compromised immune systems

Signs that you should go to the ER with the flu include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting that can’t be controlled, to the point of severe loss of body fluids (dehydration)
  • If you develop complications such as pneumonia
  • Still not sure? Consult our cold/flu/stomach flu symptoms chart for more information.

Stomach pain is the most common reason patients visit the ER. Everyone experiences stomach pain at some point. It can result from a variety of causes and occur in varying degrees of severity. So when is your pain serious enough to go to the emergency room?

You should seek immediate medical attention if your stomach pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach is hard and/or tender to the touch
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomit contains blood

Respiratory distress can be the result of chronic conditions, like asthma or emphysema, or something more serious, such as heart failure. Signs that you should seek emergency medical treatment include:

  • Breathing stops
  • Severe shortness of breath that affects your ability to function
  • Noisy, high-pitched and rapid wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Inability to speak comfortably and sustain voice while at rest
  • Breathing difficulties when you lie flat
  • Breathlessness that doesn’t stop after 30 minutes of rest
  • Or if your trouble breathing is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

    • Back or arm pain
    • Pain or tightness in chest
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Swelling in your feet and ankles
    • High fever, chills and cough

Call 911 right away if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing and comes with any of these symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast or irregular pulse
  • Signs of shock

Signs of a heart attack may show up in other ways in women, and may include:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Discomfort in your gut
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder or upper back

A concussion or any injury to the head can be very serious. If you have hit your head and have any of these symptoms, you should go to the ER:

  • Loss of consciousness, even briefly
  • Any period of amnesia or loss of memory of the event
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Worsening or severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure

Most people will experience pain in their side or abdomen at some point in their lives, and it’s usually only temporary. However, severe side pain can be an indication of something serious.

If you have severe pain, especially in your lower right stomach, side or back, or if your pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine or pain during urination or have had a recent urinary tract infection (UTI)

Severe pain lasting only a few seconds may be nothing to worry about unless it’s reoccurring. If severe pain persists for more than a few minutes you should seek medical attention regardless of other symptoms.

Some common diagnoses may include:

  • Urological issues, such as a kidney infection, kidney stones or a bladder infection Appendicitis
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Side pain can be an indication of a number of different medical conditions. If the pain is severe, it’s important to get it checked out by a medical professional.

Our emergency services

Our top priority is making sure you receive the care you need quickly and that we provide it with the compassion and comfort you expect from an HCA Healthcare facility. Our facility offers the following levels of care:

Our average ER wait time is always available on our website, or you can text ‘ER’ to 32222 to find out the HCA ER wait times closest to you (message and data rates may apply).

Pediatric emergency care

Parents can feel confident in the care their child will receive upon entry to the pediatric ER at StoneSprings Hospital. Our hospital offers expert care for pediatric patients in Dulles in an environment that is designed for kids and their parents. We provide pediatric emergency care 24 hours a day.

If your child is experiencing an emergency, call 911.

What to expect at the StoneSprings ER

Upon visiting our ER, a triage nurse will ask you about your symptoms and take your vital signs. Once you have seen a healthcare professional, a registration clerk will gather information for your medical record and insurance. Whether or not you have insurance or are able to pay, you will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized.

If you have a life-threatening condition, you will be treated first, followed by seriously ill or unstable patients. Otherwise, you will be seen in the order that you arrived.

Things to bring with you to the ER:

  • List of medications you take
  • List of known allergies
  • A copy of results from any recent medical tests
  • List of recent medical procedures
  • Care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

Be sure to ask any questions you may have before you are discharged and keep all paperwork, instructions and medicines, if you received any. Your primary care provider will be given a copy of your visit summary.