Emergency Medicine

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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

Cheshire Medical Center’s Emergency Department is located at 580 Court Street in Keene, New Hampshire. Turn off the traffic circle into the medical center’s front entrance and turn left to the patient drop-off area and Emergency Department (ED) parking.

Our ED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We treat all emergency patients regardless of their ability to pay. If you think you cannot pay for treatment, ask the registrar for financial assistance help when you arrive.

COVID-19 precautions

We provide care for every emergency medical condition as safely as possible.

We strive to keep all patients and staff safe by limiting visitors to our ED and ensuring all patients are wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines. Patients will be given masks and asked to sanitize their hands at the ED entrance.

Visitors and necessary caregivers: We are currently operating under a No Visitor Policy for the safety of patients and staff. Our visiting policy may change frequently depending on COVID-19 conditions. Please review our current visitor policy before you accompany a patient to our ED.

Should I go to the Emergency Department or Walk-In Care Clinic?

Visit our emergency room for very serious or life-threatening problems. To learn more visit Is It An Emergency?

Poison or pills: If someone has swallowed too many pills or something poisonous, call the Northern New England Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

If you have a common illness, like strep throat or flu or minor injury like a sprain or fracture, Cheshire’s Walk-In Care Clinic at 149 Emerald Street in Keene may be able to provide you faster and more affordable care. To get urgent care from the Walk-In Care Clinic, just call 603-354-5484 to register for your visit. It is open every day of the year, including holidays.

When should I call 911?

If someone is experiencing life-threatening symptoms, don't wait! Call 911 or transport them to the Emergency Department. If you call 911, emergency medicine professionals can give pre-hospital treatment immediately. This may save their life.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should call 911:

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won’t stop
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • High fevers
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe burns
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • Sudden, severe headache (not a migraine) 
  • Any other condition you believe is life-threatening
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What to bring to the Emergency Department

We can provide you better care if you bring a list of these things:

  • All current medications including “over the counter” drugs, herbal remedies, and supplements
    • Include what dose you take of each medication, when you usually take them, and when the last time was you took each one.
  • Any allergies or reactions to medications you have
  • All surgeries you have had
  • Any medical conditions you have
  • Your primary care provider or regular doctor's name

Learn what to expect when you get here.

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