Definition of nonemergency in English:



  • [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’
    • ‘Earlier this month the hospital was forced to shut its doors to non-emergencies because of lack of space.’
    • ‘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."’
    • ‘A wide range of transport issues were discussed, including the matter of escorts in (non-emergency) patient transport ambulances.’
    • ‘The median waiting times were four weeks for specialist visits, 4.3 weeks for non-emergency surgery and three weeks for diagnostic tests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So why does ambulance transport - emergency or non-emergency - cost so much?’
    • ‘The problem came in sorting out the emergencies from the non-emergencies.’
    • ‘Ambulance crews were asked to take non-emergencies to other hospitals.’
    • ‘Non-emergency surgery planned over the next few days had to be cancelled because of the blood donor crisis.’
    • ‘The new theatre will be for routine or non-emergency orthopaedic patients.’
    • ‘Three non-emergencies were cancelled and a fourth operation was cancelled because the consultant was not available.’
    • ‘Among people who waited for non-emergency surgery, 17 per cent considered their waiting times unacceptable.’
    • ‘Yet there were many GP services available that should be used for non-emergencies, he said.’
    • ‘The teams can be contacted via the force's non-emergency telephone number.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If non-emergencies weren't directed to emergency wards it might not be so dire.’
    • ‘Many communities have created outsized expectations by letting patients use E.R.s for non-emergencies.’
    • ‘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.’