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Emergency Services

Beach Cities Medicine

David H. Wallis, MD

Family Medicine & Sports Medicine is located in Redondo Beach, CA

Conveniently located to serve Redondo Beach

At Beach Cities Medicine, we pride ourselves on early identification of health problems and prevention of healthcare problems. We also strive to always be available for our family of patients—and yet, there are simply times when a higher level of care is required, and hence the existence of emergency rooms.

Should you need to be admitted for emergency services, Dr. Wallis is on staff at BOTH Torrance Memorial Hospital and Providence Little Company of Mary. He and his staff at Beach Cities Medicine have worked with each to ensure that we are able to optimize physician-to-physician communication whenever possible. We work with hospitalists at both hospitals and each has excellent physicians on staff.

Nonetheless, we are aware that emergency rooms are often the last place people want to be, with long lines, chaos, and fragmented care. The South Bay community is fortunate to have a new option opening this year: a private emergency room with Sollis Health (www.sollishealth.com) right in Manhattan Beach. Beach Cities Medicine has partnered with them to ensure that our members can be seen immediately, even in emergency situations.

We have personal relationships, excellent communication, and deep respect for these top-notch physicians. We work hand-in-hand with them in expediting your care when it’s at a higher level than we can manage in a primary care setting.

Think of it as a V.I.P./"concierge" emergency room. They are a membership-based service; however, they offer discounted rates for members at Beach Cities Medicine. Additionally, Sollis will offer members at Beach Cities Medicine a one-time "Temporary Access Membership" (for a fee) that is not available to the general public in case you want to give it a try during a time of need.

In the meantime, we remain focused on preventive care, health optimization, and hopefully keeping you active and OUT of ANY emergency rooms!

Emergency Services Care Q&A

What are emergency services?

Emergency services are healthcare services used to quickly evaluate and treat sudden major health problems such as illness and trauma. If an issue can be considered life-threatening or may risk the loss of a limb, an emergency room visit is vital.

Emergency rooms provide 24-hour emergency services and can access physicians of several specialties. Emergency rooms are equipped to handle a variety of severe health emergencies, including serious burns, head injuries, and seizures.

What are common reasons for emergency room care?

You may need emergency room care if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe pain anywhere on the body
  • Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, or hives
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • High fever that has not responded to medication
  • Shooting pain in the arm or jaw
  • Sudden weakness or drooping on one side of the body
  • Severe headache pain that is persistent or began suddenly
  • Seizures
  • Persistent dizziness or sudden confusion
  • Abnormal or sudden loss of speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coughing or vomiting up blood
  • Alcohol or drug poisoning
  • Inhalation of smoke or poisonous fumes
  • Serious burn
  • Coughing or vomiting up blood
  • Suspected bone fractures, deep wounds, or lacerations
  • Persistent vomiting and loose stools lasting longer than 48 hours
  • Heavy bleeding or the presence of blood in stools

Contact Us to Learn More

Contact our office for more information about emergency services and the Sollis Emergency plan. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, you should call 911 immediately.

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