The state of California is experiencing one of its worst flu seasons in
the last 10 years with record numbers of patients moving through the Emergency
Department daily. Before going to the ER, we recommend patients who are
experiencing cold and flu symptoms to call their primary care office to
schedule an appointment or visit the Urgent Care. If you are a high-risk
patient (65+, young children, or pregnant) with severe flu symptoms, please
check into the ER.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center is strongly discouraging ALL VISITORS
WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS from visitng patients. Please DO NOT VISIT if you
have any of the following:
In the event of an active cough, please ask the front desk for a mask.
Melanie and Richard Lundquist Emergency Department
When you or someone you love is in need of medical assistance, the Torrance
Memorial Melanie and Richard Lundquist Emergency Department stands ready.
The people of the South Bay have come to trust Torrance Memorial to be
there in time of need-- especially during emergencies. Behind the Lundquist
Emergency Department stands Torrance Memorial with all the capabilities
of a major medical center-- one that has been serving the South Bay for
more than 80 years.
How to Obtain Services
When bringing someone to the medical center for emergency services, cars
may park in the East Parking Structure directly in front of the Lundquist
Emergency Department to drop the patient off and check in for service.
Cars will need to be parked in Visitor Parking after check-in.
After checking in, most emergency patients will be brought in to the Lundquist
Emergency Department immediately. However, if the Lundquist Emergency
Department is full, some patients may need to wait a short time before
they can be accommodated in the department in order to give everyone the
quality care they need.
One of the first people patients see in the Lundquist Emergency Department
is one of our Board Certified physicians, who will make an initial visit
to initiate care. Patients will also be visited at the bed side by an
Admissions representative who will take care of any needed paperwork.
Once care commences, patients may see a variety of healthcare workers
depending on the type of care needed.
Special Emergency Care Designations
Primary Stroke Center
At the Torrance Memorial Certified Primary Stroke Care Center, providing
the highest caliber of evidenced-based care takes an impressive team of
ED Approved for Pediatric Patients
Torrance Memorial is a designated Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
(EDAP) by L.A. County Department of Health Services. All our emergency
physicians are trained to meet the needs of children.
L.A. County Paramedic Base Station
Torrance Memorial's 24-hour Emergency Department serves as a paramedic
base station. Specially trained paramedics and emergency physicians, cardiologists
and nurses work together to ensure patients receive the emergency care
they need during critical times.
STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Center
STEMI-receiving hospital, such as Torrance Memorial, has the equipment,
expertise and facilities to administer percutaneous coronary intervention,
a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients.
In 1998, our Emergency Department was completely renovated and expanded
to prepare us to meet the need for high quality emergency care into the
next millennium. This improves our ability to serve the nearly 5,000 patients
who visit the Emergency Department each month.
In the department, patients enjoy many improvements that contribute to
the quality of care, as well as patient convenience and comfort. Some
of our special features include:
- A two-bed trauma room that enhances quality of care and comfort for patients
who may have suffered multiple injuries or may be too sick to be moved
- The South Bay's only decontamination unit, complete with a shower stall
serviced with hot water that drains into an underground collection tank
- Three pediatric rooms, one of which isolates from other patients children
who may have a communicable disease, such as chickenpox
- Private rooms are provided for women who need obstetrical and gynecological care
- A room is specially equipped for problems involving the eyes, ears, nose
- Our Fast Track service provides timely care for patients with less serious
- From chest pains to migraines, from fevers to fractures, Torrance Memorial
is equipped and staffed to provide state-of-the-art emergency caring
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us. If you'd like
to provide feedback about your visit, our Feedback Line is 310-891-6690
or e-mail us at
The physicians of Torrance Memorial Emergency Department are independent
contractors and are neither agents nor employees of Torrance Memorial