UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center

UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center

1515 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
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Hours of Operation
The Trauma Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day.

The UF Health Shands E.R. is co-located with the UF Health Shands Trauma Center, the area’s only Level I facility, that sees both adult and pediatric trauma patients.

Emergency care is something that you never think about until you need it. Last year, was estimated that 100 million Americans visited the emergency room.
The UF Health Shands E.R. offers comprehensive emergency services for adults, including state-of-the art imaging capabilities. The E.R. is also home to the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center that is nationally certified by The Joint Commission as a center offering the highest level of care for stroke patients.

It is important to recognize the signs of when to go to the emergency room. Signs of a medical emergency can include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest of upper abdominal pain/pressure
  • Fainting
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change vision
  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Bleeding that won't stop
  • Severe or persistent vomiting blood
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

In the event of an emergency

If you have an emergency, please call 911, consult your doctor or go directly to the emergency room. The emergency rooms at UF Health Shands Hospital offer treatment from board-certified emergency physicians.


Medical Records

To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center, please contact .

Pay your bill

If you have questions or wish to pay in person, please consult our billing section.

Accepted Insurance

Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.

Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.

Financial Assistance

Patients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.

UF Health is tobacco-free

Help us maintain our strong commitment to patients and to promoting good health in our communities: please don't smoke, chew tobacco or use electronic cigarettes on UF Health-owned or -operated properties. Thank you.