Trust Your Emergency Care to Wayne UNC Health Care

We know that a trip to the Emergency Department can be frightening. At Wayne UNC Health Care, our goal is to ensure that our patients receive the appropriate care in a timely manner.


The Emergency Department at Wayne UNC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by highly skilled emergency medicine physicians, nurses, physician assistants and technicians who work in close collaboration with a wide variety of specialists, including laboratory, radiology and pulmonary medical professionals. When you come to our ER, it’s our mission to ensure you and your loved ones receive the best care possible in an emergency.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

Fully Equipped Emergency Department in Goldsboro, NC

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical technology, experience and compassion, we treat over 60,000 patients annually at our emergency department. The most common complaints and diagnoses at our ER in Goldsboro, NC include chest pains, heart failure, abdominal pain, lacerations and complications from diabetes. In response to every emergency, the Wayne UNC Health Care emergency team provides the broadest spectrum of care with compassion.

Wayne UNC Health Care’s Emergency Department provides 46 emergency treatment rooms, including four specialized rooms designated for cardiac emergencies. We are staffed and equipped to care for a variety of emergency medical conditions. Levels of care range from assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries to the initiation of advanced life support measures for patients of all ages, including hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest and TPA for treatment of stroke.

We also work closely with emergency services throughout the community to prepare for any disaster or other emergency situation that might affect Wayne County and the surrounding areas.

What to Expect at Our ER: Quality Care, Quickly

Our team of health care professionals will make every effort to serve you as quickly as possible. When you arrive in the Emergency Department, you can expect to be welcomed in the lobby by a registered nurse. Once you are signed in, a triage nurse will prioritize how quickly you need treatment, based upon national emergency medicine standards. This decision will be determined from information gathered about your illness, symptoms, medical history, pain level and medications you are taking.

It is important to note that the Emergency Department does not function on a first-come, first-served basis; patients requiring the most urgent care are seen first. While we make every attempt to avoid delays for any patient, there may be times when your wait to see a care provider in the Emergency Department may take longer due to a high number of patients seeking medical attention. We appreciate your patience. If you are required to wait, we ask that you tell the triage nurse at once if your condition changes and you begin to feel worse.

Once you go to the treatment area, please remember that the same principle applies. The order of your physician visit, lab tests, X-rays and other procedures is determined by the seriousness of your condition compared to that of other patients. All patients are seen by an Emergency Department physician or by a physician’s assistant in conjunction with the emergency room doctor.

Evaluation & Discharge

Once we receive your test results, your emergency room care provider will further evaluate your condition and either discharge you or admit you to the Hospital. If you are discharged, you will receive written care instructions to follow at home.

Please be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear to you. If you are admitted to the Hospital, a physician will be contacted to complete the admission process. Emergency Department providers do not admit patients to the Hospital.

Take a virtual tour of our Goldsboro ER below, and if you need further information about emergency services at Wayne UNC Health Care, please contact us at 919.731.6535.

ER Virtual Tour

Wayne UNC Health Care is proud to serve the Goldsboro, NC community and beyond in Wayne County with exceptional emergency services at our Emergency Department.

Emergency Doctors

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I go to the Emergency Department?

Anyone who has a medical emergency or urgent need for medical attention should go to the Emergency Department. You should call 9-1-1 immediately if you are having chest pains, experiencing stroke-like symptoms, seizure activity, have substantial bleeding, or any other significant illness or injury.

How long will I have to wait to be seen by a health care provider?

Patients are seen according to the severity of their illness. We do not see patients based on when they arrive at the Emergency Department. There are times when some patients may have to wait while others are seen immediately. Please know that we will care for you as soon as possible.

If your symptoms change or worsen while you are waiting to be seen, please notify the staff. Remember, your wait time may increase depending on ambulance arrivals that may require immediate attention. The ambulance entrance is not visible from the waiting room. The Triage Nurse will keep you apprised of changes when asked and will monitor your condition as needed.

What does ‘triage’ mean?

Triage refers to the process of examining patients and placing them in the order they will be seen and treated.

How long will it take to get the results of my tests? 

Timing of test results is determined by volume and the severity of patients being evaluated in the treatment area. Lab work and X-rays usually take an hour, while specialty tests (CT Scans, MRI or Ultrasound) may take longer. Physicians generally evaluate several patients concurrently and review lab results as soon as they are available.

Can I be transferred to another hospital?

Every patient has the right to request to be transferred to another facility; however, federal laws mandate how someone is transferred.

Our medical provider must perform a medical screening exam to determine if you have an emergent medical condition, which may need to be stabilized.

We then must find a physician who is willing to accept you as a patient at another hospital. A representative of that facility (not the doctor) must also accept you on behalf of the hospital. That signifies that they are giving us a bed assignment for you and that they have the staff to take care of you.

What if I do not have insurance?

All patients will be seen and have a medical screening exam performed by a doctor/physician assistant regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.