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