Emergency - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana



If you have an actual emergency, call 9-1-1

When should I go to the ER?

  • New onset chest pain (especially if pain radiates to the left arm, shoulder or jaw)
  • Head injury (especially if you passed out or if you take blood thinners)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe burns
  • Dizzy spells/passing out
  • Broken bones/deep cuts
  • Drug overdose
  • Weakness/numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden change in speech
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Seizure lasting more than 5 minutes
  • Bleeding that does not stop within 20 minutes
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Poisoning (call Poison Control first at 800-222-1222)

Narcotics will not be refilled in the ER


When should I call my doctor?

  • Fever under 101.3
  • Coughs
  • Cold/flu symptoms
  • Sore throats
  • Ear pain
  • Chronic or ongoing issues
  • Rash
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Minor burns
  • Sprains/minor injuries
  • Dental pain
  • Swelling of limbs
  • Medicine refills should be directed to Pharmacy Triage, (317) 988-4370

Veteran Centered Care is important to us. We want to make sure that your health needs are met by the right doctor, at the right time, and in the right setting. Sometimes your primary care doctor is the best option. Other times you might need advanced care in the emergency room.

When in doubt, call the Patient Response Center at (317) 988-1772 or (888) 342-7602.

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Contact Info


  • VAMC, A wing, 1st floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 317-988-2539

Hours of Operation

  • 24/7/365