Common Misconceptions About Freestanding ERs

Common Misconceptions About Freestanding ERs

Your options for medical treatment are nearly endless now, but not all of these choices are providing the quality care you and your loved ones may need. Between traditional emergency rooms, family practitioners, urgent care centers and freestanding ERs, choosing the best facility to care for you can be confusing.

To help you make the best decision for your health, we’ve listed a few of the most common misconceptions regarding freestanding emergency rooms.

FALSE: Freestanding ERs can’t provide the same level of care as traditional ERs

            Not only do freestanding ERs have diagnostic imaging and an on-site laboratory, they also dispense emergency medical care faster than traditional emergency rooms. Traditional ER rooms can admit patients to the hospital they are directly affiliated with. This leads to very high wait times and limited staff to care for the waiting patients. These wait times are often an inevitability of traditional ER rooms. Freestanding ERs, like Kyle ER, are structured so that our staff and medical team are able to treat our patients quickly and effectively. If a patient needs further monitoring, freestanding ERs often have agreements with nearby hospitals to admit their patients directly for observation.

FALSE: Freestanding ERs and urgent care centers provide the same services

            While they may look similar, freestanding ERs and urgent care centers provide different services and different levels of care. Urgent care centers treat minor medical conditions that require prompt, but not emergency attention. Some of these conditions are listed below.

  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Sprained bones
  • Mild cuts and lacerations
  • Bladder, sinus, and other infections


Freestanding ERs, like Kyle ER, treat emergencies, often life-threatening medical conditions. They work closely with nearby hospitals in the case that a patient may need major surgery or overnight observation after treatment. Some common conditions treated at freestanding emergency centers include:

  • Lacerations and burns
  • Uncontrollable or bleeding that won’t stop
  • Serious head injury, including concussions
  • Broken bones and dislocations
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack or stroke


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FALSE: Freestanding ERs have restricted hours of operation

            Unlike urgent care centers, which often close by 8 or 9 p.m., freestanding ERs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. Our staff and physicians won’t hurry through your visit to get you out the door at a certain time. If you or a loved one is in need of immediate medical attention, don’t suffer through traditional waiting rooms for hours. We understand that you can’t plan medical emergencies so don’t settle for anything less than the compassionate and individualized care you deserve. Visit a freestanding ER that offers round-the-clock care, like Kyle ER.

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Let us know your experience at one of our stand-alone ER centers. Nutex Health, Inc supports you and your family’s healthy living. Come visit us at our convenient location in Kyle for any major or minor emergency! Kyle ER can treat you promptly with our expert team of nurses and board-certified ER doctors.

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