The Kemptville District Hospital Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to meet your emergency care needs. We are committed to providing you with efficient, timely, and patient-centred emergency treatment.

What to expect

When you arrive, a specially trained triage nurse will assess you to determine how quickly you need treatment. Your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and breathing will be measured and notes will be made of any allergies or medications you are taking.

If your condition is life-threatening, you will receive care immediately. If your condition is not life-threatening, you will see the doctor as soon as possible. In some cases, the nurse may do some tests or provide medication before the doctor sees you.

Click here for details on how emergency cases are prioritized at Canadian hospitals. Please note that prescription renewals and completion of forms are not functions of the Emergency Department.

The registration clerk will ask for your name, address, Ontario Health Card (OHIP) number (or other health insurance plans), family doctor’s name, and an emergency contact phone number. The clerk will make up a chart for you and give you an identification wrist-band. Learn more.

ER wait-times

ER wait-times are difficult to predict, especially in a small ER like KDH’s, where one critically ill patient can exhaust all resources for a significant period of time. Click here to learn more.

Not sure whether to come to Emergency?

Call Telehealth Ontario, 1.866.797.0000 or TTY: 1.866.797.0007 and get free, confidential advice from a Registered Nurse.

 What to bring to the Emergency Department

  • Your OHIP card (or applicable medical insurance card if you live outside Ontario)
  • Your current medications (prescription bottles, not dossettes) including non-prescription medications (herbals, vitamins and other ‘over the counter’ medications) – we need to know exactly what medications you are taking in order to accurately diagnose and treat your condition
  • List of any allergies/MedicAlert information

When phoning for an ambulance

  • Dial 911
  • Have posted by your phone at all times your 911 address, your telephone number and health card number. During a crisis it is possible to forget this crucial information.