New emergency room at Huntsville Hospital focuses on pregnant women

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:10 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2016 at 11:56 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - There are some big changes at Huntsville Hospital that includes the new Obstetrical Emergency Room.

Dr. Lynda Gilliam is the medical director for the OB/GYN Hospitalist program and the Medical Director for the OB Emergency Room.

"That allows us to treat all patients that are pregnant, regardless of gestational age. And we are the first in the state to have that role."

She says as long as the patients is pregnant they will be seen, no matter what the issue.

"Patients can come in here now if they are pregnant and having a first trimester miscarriage. They can come in here with nausea and vomiting, appendicitis," Dr. Gilliam said. 

Because this unit is so specialized, women are going to have access to specialized physicians something they wouldn't necessarily find in a regular ER .

Dr. Gilliam says this is an original concept. "What we have here that makes us unique, is that because we are ob/gyn, the women that are pregnant can come here and get immediate specialty care as oppose to maybe a main emergency room, where they may see you and they must go and find an obstetrician to come evaluate you or they may send you home and say find a doctor, see a doctor you know, next week, next day or something like that."
 "The traditional model for obstetrics a lot of times the patients have come in, they have seen a nurse, been admitted and the doctor comes in to see them at some later time or at that time, or they may be sent home without actually seeing, this facility now you will see a physician before you are admitted or walk out the door."

She says it's also good for the baby.  "It's good for baby because in the event of a problem, in the event of a rapid delivery, and your physican is at home or the baby is having an emergency, part of our program includes the hospitalist program where there is an ob on staff, in this hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

This specialized ER also takes some of the pressure off the regular ER and it's a new opportunity for better service for moms and babies.

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