Peak Times in ER (Day and Hour)

It’s important to understand that time you spend in the ER may vary during different times of the day and week. Although it’s possible to track trends, there are also many factors that can affect how much time you spend in an ER. For example, it’s possible that a major accident or other emergency that sends multiple patients to an ER may impact how long you spend in the ER.

Additionally, different types of hospitals may have varying peak times depending on the volume of patients they receive (i.e. large teaching hospitals in cities versus small community hospitals in rural areas).

If your condition is such that it needs admission to a hospital bed, you may have to spend more time being cared for in the ER before a bed becomes available.

Time spent in ER for patients with minor, uncomplicated conditions
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
MidNight - 2:59 am5.
3:00 - 5:59 am5.
6:00 - 8:59 am3.
9:00 - 11:59 am4.
12:00 - 2:59 pm4.
3:00 - 5:59 pm4.
6:00 - 8:59 pm3.
9:00 - 11:59 pm4.
Legend : Less than or equal to 5 hours 5-6 hours More than 6 hours
*Results shown are based on October 2017 to December 2017 ED visits
Note:Province-wide data show typical lengths-of-stay vary according to time of day, day of week and the seriousness of the patient's illness.
*Please note that the ER information on this site is not real-time information and should not be used to assess the time you may spend in the ER today. If you believe you need immediate emergency care, please go to your nearest emergency room.