Baylor Scott & White Health is urging patients to only use the emergency room in urgent situations.

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In a statement, Baylor Scott & White said, “In light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, please keep in mind that our emergency room (ER) is for those needing higher levels of care.”

The healthcare system said reserving the ER for medical emergencies will “ensure our facilities are ready for those who need care most during this time.”  It also encouraged the community to get vaccinated, get boosted, practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Anyone needing to get tested for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms can visit or call 877-541-7905.

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  1. Doesn’t ER stand for Emergency Room? Sad it became a place for people with sniffles, many illegal, to come for free service. This statement should be forever

  2. I certainly understand that people may abuse the ER dept of any hospital. However, I have to address the lack of medical help in this community. It is almost impossible to get an appointment with a physician, especially during this rampant pandemic. If you are feeling really sick, you “want help” and “deserve help” !. To my knowledge, we do not even have an urgent care, anymore, in this town. I am truly disappointed in Baylor Scott and White. As a retired medical professional, I am very aware that a good hospital and clinic is a necessity for any town to thrive. As they say, “if you build it, and provide proper service, they will come.” BSW bought out the Brenham clinic and hospital, and has done nothing to improve the access to health care in this community. The hospital is antiquated, dirty and understaffed. If BSW built a decent hospital here, maybe they could attract more doctors. Medical care in one thing that people will always need, and Brenham does not provide that. Why can’t we as citizens demand better . Why can’t BSW see that they are failing. Certainly they can afford to build a medical center that would be an asset to Brenham and the surrounding communities.

    1. Bellville Medical Center ER offers the same level of emergency services as BSW with less waiting and a more compassionate staff.

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