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Emergency Medicine & Trauma Services

Cottage’s three emergency departments are always open to help you. Our 24/7 emergency services are located within our Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez hospitals. Together our hospitals see about 60,000 emergency visits annually.

To help find the appropriate level of care and shortest wait time in an emergency:

Make an assessment.

  • Do you feel this is a true emergency?
  • Do you feel it could be life-threatening?

If you are in a life-threatening emergency, or suspect you are having a stroke or heart attack, call 911 immediately.

ED Wait Times

If your emergency is not life-threatening, you can access our ED Wait Time calculator to estimate wait time.

The same group of emergency physicians staffs our Santa Barbara and Goleta hospitals.

If you are in the Santa Ynez Valley, seek treatment at the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Emergency Department. You will be transferred if there is a need for additional care.

What to expect:

  • When you come to the ED, you will be evaluated by a triage nurse.
  • Triage is not a case of first-come, first-served. More urgent cases will always have priority.
  • Weekends and evenings are the busiest times, both for ambulance and walk-in patients.
  • The quietest time in the ED is generally 4:00–10:00 a.m.

Don’t bring the whole family with you.

Having one person accompany you to the ED is ideal. If you come by car, be aware that you will not be allowed to drive home alone from the ED if you receive pain medication.

Please don’t call the ED to ask about a patient.

We cannot, by law, release information about your friend.

Be prepared for medical care.

It’s helpful to carry the following information with you, if possible:

  • a legible list of your current medications and dosages, and a list of any allergies.
  • your insurance card and ID documents.
  • the name of your primary care physician.

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