Reservations and Online Check-in
The Emergency Department at Lake Forest Hospital will make a sincere effort to see you when you arrive. We will do our best to honor your time; however, patients with more serious issues may be seen first.
No appointment is necessary. Walk-in services are always available.
Please enter your legal name when making a reservation. One patient per reservation.
Learn more about Emergency Services throughout Northwestern Medicine.
When to seek emergency care
Call 911 if you:
- Have a life-threatening injury/illness
- Experience head, neck or back trauma, or other major trauma
- Fear you or the patient may need medical attention before you can get to the hospital, or you have doubts about your ability to drive safely to the emergency room
- Have physical limitations preventing you from getting you or the patient to the hospital
Seek treatment from an emergency room in the following situations:
- Abdominal pain with fever
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Severe burns
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Severe head wound
- Major trauma
- Difficulty breathing or bluish look around the mouth
- Sudden dizziness or weakness
- Possible suicide or mental disorder
- Foreign object swallowed or otherwise lodged in the body
- Severe and/or persistent vomiting
Parents: To be prepared in the event that your child may need to go to the Emergency Department before you can arrive, complete this Parental Consent: Emergency Release form and leave it where it can be found easily by a teacher, neighbor or babysitter.