Freestanding ER & Emergency Room



Freestanding ER and Emergency Room Near You! 

A Freestanding Emergency Department (FED) is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to treat emergency medical conditions. The FED at UAB Medical West features experienced personnel, full-service diagnostic equipment, and 24/7 access for anyone in need of emergency medical care.

The UAB Medical West FED provides emergency services equivalent to a hospital-based emergency department (ED). The only difference is that the UAB Medical West FED is conveniently located closer to home instead of on a hospital campus. If there is a need for admission, the UAB Medical West FED will arrange transport via a local ambulance service to a hospital for admission.

You can feel comfortable coming to UAB Medical West’s emergency clinic. We have state-of-the-art technology and the most qualified professionals in their fields. We are here to help serve you in crisis, diagnose and treat your ailment or injury, and get you back to health quickly.


Frequently Asked Questions About UAB Medical West's Freestanding Emergency Department?


How is FED different from a hospital-based emergency department?

In essence - there’s not much of a difference. The biggest difference is that our emergency clinic is not on a larger hospital campus. 

The UAB Medical West FED offers the same emergency treatment that patients receive in a traditional hospital-based emergency room. The UAB Medical West FED will also honor the same 30-minute ED pledge as the hospital-based ED, saving valuable time for patients.

How is FED different from an Urgent Care Center?

While we are equipped to handle 'urgent' medical needs, we are not an "urgent care" facility. The UAB Medical West FED is open 24/7 and is staffed by board-certified Emergency Physicians and experienced nursing staff. The primary difference between the UAB Medical West FED and most urgent care facilities is that our FED can provide more robust service. Some of the things UAB Medical West's FED has that typical urgent care does not, including:

  • Board-Certified Emergency Physicians
  • Full-Service Laboratory
  • X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • General & Vascular Ultrasound
  • Direct Hospital Admitting
  • Helipad for Air Transport

Additionally, our FED is open 24/7 and ready to serve you no matter when the need arises.

What if I have to be admitted to a hospital?

Should the need arise, patients will be seamlessly admitted to a hospital via ambulance or air transportation. We are well-equipped to handle this kind of transfer, so you can feel comfortable knowing you will receive the best care possible no matter the circumstances.

Do I need an appointment to be seen?

No appointment is needed. In fact, we don't take appointments at the UAB Medical West FED. This department operates as an emergency clinic, so you can come right in and be seen when you need medical attention the most. 

If you need non-emergent care and would like to schedule an appointment with a UAB Medical West physician or specialist, please call (205) 966-WEST.




Contact Us With Questions About Your Medical Needs

At UAB Medical West in Bessemer, AL and our Freestanding Emergency Department in Hoover, AL, we’re here to find answers for you and get you feeling better. We’re dedicated to our patients and pride ourselves on being available to our community. If you need help finding a doctor, have questions about an upcoming appointment, or need information about an upcoming procedure, give us a call at our main hospital number - (205) 481-7000. We’ll get you directed to the right people.