Definition of nonemergency in English:

nonemergency

noun

  • usually as modifier A situation that does not require immediate action, typically with regard to a person's health.

    ‘the hospital decided to cancel nonemergency procedures to free up all possible beds for patients in more urgent need’
    ‘for the most part, no special equipment needs to be provided for nonemergencies’
    • ‘She said her partner was a miner and had told her that such boxes were often opened in non-emergencies, and could be left open.’
    • ‘The median waiting times were four weeks for specialist visits, 4.3 weeks for non-emergency surgery and three weeks for diagnostic tests.’
    • ‘The teams can be contacted via the force's non-emergency telephone number.’
    • ‘Three non-emergencies were cancelled and a fourth operation was cancelled because the consultant was not available.’
    • ‘Many communities have created outsized expectations by letting patients use E.R.s for non-emergencies.’
    • ‘A wide range of transport issues were discussed, including the matter of escorts in (non-emergency) patient transport ambulances.’
    • ‘Because of dangerous driving conditions, all state highways were closed to nonemergency vehicles starting at 1 p.m. Monday, the governor said in a statement.’
    • ‘Earlier this month the hospital was forced to shut its doors to non-emergencies because of lack of space.’
    • ‘I work for a non-emergency vet and we are set up with a business called Pet Rest and they handle all of the cremations.’
    • ‘Ambulance crews were asked to take non-emergencies to other hospitals.’
    • ‘Yet there were many GP services available that should be used for non-emergencies, he said.’
    • ‘Among people who waited for non-emergency surgery, 17 per cent considered their waiting times unacceptable.’
    • ‘So why does ambulance transport - emergency or non-emergency - cost so much?’
    • ‘The new theatre will be for routine or non-emergency orthopaedic patients.’
    • ‘He said: "These new rules will help ensure members of the public calling the police for non-emergencies will get a consistently high standard of service."’
    • ‘To reduce ER use for non-serious conditions, policymakers have proposed denying payment if the patient's diagnosis upon discharge appears to reflect a nonemergency condition.’
    • ‘Under the governor's plan, the only co-pay the person would be charged would be $10 for using a hospital emergency room for a nonemergency problem.’
    • ‘If non-emergencies weren't directed to emergency wards it might not be so dire.’
    • ‘Non-emergency surgery planned over the next few days had to be cancelled because of the blood donor crisis.’
    • ‘The problem came in sorting out the emergencies from the non-emergencies.’

Pronunciation

nonemergency

/ˌnänəˈmərjənsē//ˌnɑnəˈmərdʒənsi/