After weeks of trying to get the right medical care, a new-to-the-area patient finds it in our emergency department.

Emergency Department provides help at last

After having a dental procedure, Kathryne knew something wasn’t right. For about three weeks, she had been short of breath and felt her face and throat swelling. She also had blurry vision.

“I thought I was going to have an anaphylactic reaction,” she remembers.

Kathryne had sought treatment for her symptoms during four visits to doctors but wasn’t getting better. She decided to go to the emergency department at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“I was moved quickly from the pleasant registration and triage area immediately to a room. I thought it might be a long time before I was seen, as the parking area was full, including a helicopter and ambulances. But this was not the case,” she says.


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