North County Emergency Department | Wait Times - Tri-City Medical Center - Oceanside, CA

Emergency Services

Emergency Room Wait Time

Fast Track Wait Time is typically 15 minutes or less

Fast Track Wait Time

For Less Acute Injuries and Illnesses

Fast Track is part of our Emergency Department. It is designed for patients who have less serious illnesses and injuries.  You will experience shorter waits and quicker treatment than our traditional Emergency Room. Our triage nurse will assess your condition when you arrive and make sure you are seen as quickly as possible.  Fast Track is located inside our Emergency Department.

About our Wait Times

These wait times reflect the approximate time to see a physician in our Emergency Department. Times are updated frequently, as conditions change.


Please note, patients with the most serious illnesses and injuries are given priority. Wait times may be affected by the number of patients in the Emergency Department and the severity of their conditions.  

Wait Time FAQ's

Are patients treated first-come, first serve?

Patients are treated based on their conditions. We must care for critical patients first. If you have a less severe illness or injury, you may have to wait while sicker or more severely injured patients are seen first.

If our triage nurse determines that your condition is less serious, you may be seen in our Fast Track area, which typically has a shorter waiting time. Sometimes there is no wait at all for Fast Track.

Once I have been placed in a bed, how long will I be there?

Your stay will depend on symptoms, illness, and whether you will be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient. Minor problems can often be handled in a couple of hours or less. Patients with complex illnesses may remain in the ER for several hours. 

The time of day and day of the week may also determine how busy the Emergency Department is. Typically, we are busiest between 1 pm and 10 pm. Weekends and Mondays are usually the busiest days of the week.

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(855) 222-8262

Tri-City Medical Center
4002 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92056

Tri-City Medical Center

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