Emergency Medicine


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 parking.

Our Emergency Department 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.

Due to COVID-19, all patients and their necessary caregivers are screened before entering our Emergency Department (ED). Suspected COVID-19 patients are treated in a separate area. Please review our visitor policy before you accompany a patient to our ED.

If you think you may have COVID-19, please call us before you seek medical care.

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 or minor injury, 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 603-354-5400 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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