Scripps Memorial Hospital :Emergency

★★★★☆
  • 9888 Genesee Ave

    La Jolla, CA 92037

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  • 858-626-6151

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I delivered by first baby at Scripps Memorial in La Jolla. I was a bit apprehensive because I hear so many good things about Sharp Mary Birch and I really wanted to deliver there. However, my doctor only delivered at Scripps Memorial, so that is where I went.

I was pleasantly surprised with my experience! The facilities were adequate (not amazing with a lot of extras, but clean and what we needed). I was very happy with the pain management, the nurse was very concerned with me being comfortable and was very willing to do whatever I needed/wanted to make that happen (which was great compared to other stories that I have heard where they are hesitant to give an epidural or turn off the epidural for the delivery). I felt confident in the clinical care and knew that me and my baby were in good hands. They used a LOT of monitoring, it was hard to move around because I had so many wires and monitors, and it would have been nice if they would give me the option to take a break from the monitors periodically. However, the upside is that I knew the baby was doing well. There is a small waiting area for families, so don't bring your families to wait around for very long. We had 3 people total in the room and it was a bit crowded, but we made it work.

The recovery room was fine, it was small but we had our own private room and the nurses were very helpful. They have a nurse who will bring you snacks which is especially great at night. I really appreciated the night nurses who did their best to help us sleep (such as taking our baby to the nursery for her hearing test at night so we could take advantage of sleep time). We brought our own pillows/blankets and a flame-less candle to make it feel a bit more like home.

Some things I did not like: The information that I got about baby care and post-partum care was spotty. Some nurses would mention some tips or things we should/should not do, but it did not feel coordinated and I felt it would be easy to miss something important. They gave us some books to read, but really, who has time to read a bunch of books when you have a newborn? I would have liked more explanations and information to make sure we did everything correctly.

The most strange part was discharge. They gave us an odd wagon to take our things to the car, which my husband felt very strange about carting a wagon around the hospital and through the parking lot. They also told us they were not allowed to help with the car seat or tell us if we did it correctly. I had expected help because friends who went to other hospitals said it was actually required that the car-seat be checked and approved before they could leave. They also did not offer a wheelchair so we all had to walk down, which was a lot of walking and not an ideal situation. I would suggest to specifically ask someone to give you verbal instructions for care after leaving the hospital and to specifically ask for a wheelchair, there is no reason you should not have one. The discharge felt very unorganized and unfriendly after a hospital stay in which we had great nurses who were helpful and nice.

Overall I would return to the hospital but would use the tips that I mentioned above to make it a better experience. On a side note, my doctor was Dr. Silver who is a Scripps physician and he did a great job, I would highly recommend him. I saw several of his colleagues during my recovery and they seemed very nice and competent as well.

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I delivered by first baby at Scripps Memorial in La Jolla. I was a bit apprehensive because I hear so many good things about Sharp Mary Birch and I really wanted to deliver there. However, my doctor only delivered at Scripps Memorial, so that is where I went.

I was pleasantly surprised with my experience! The facilities were adequate (not amazing with a lot of extras, but clean and what we needed). I was very happy with the pain management, the nurse was very concerned with me being comfortable and was very willing to do whatever I needed/wanted to make that happen (which was great compared to other stories that I have heard where they are hesitant to give an epidural or turn off the epidural for the delivery). I felt confident in the clinical care and knew that me and my baby were in good hands. They used a LOT of monitoring, it was hard to move around because I had so many wires and monitors, and it would have been nice if they would give me the option to take a break from the monitors periodically. However, the upside is that I knew the baby was doing well. There is a small waiting area for families, so don't bring your families to wait around for very long. We had 3 people total in the room and it was a bit crowded, but we made it work.

The recovery room was fine, it was small but we had our own private room and the nurses were very helpful. They have a nurse who will bring you snacks which is especially great at night. I really appreciated the night nurses who did their best to help us sleep (such as taking our baby to the nursery for her hearing test at night so we could take advantage of sleep time). We brought our own pillows/blankets and a flame-less candle to make it feel a bit more like home.

Some things I did not like: The information that I got about baby care and post-partum care was spotty. Some nurses would mention some tips or things we should/should not do, but it did not feel coordinated and I felt it would be easy to miss something important. They gave us some books to read, but really, who has time to read a bunch of books when you have a newborn? I would have liked more explanations and information to make sure we did everything correctly.

The most strange part was discharge. They gave us an odd wagon to take our things to the car, which my husband felt very strange about carting a wagon around the hospital and through the parking lot. They also told us they were not allowed to help with the car seat or tell us if we did it correctly. I had expected help because friends who went to other hospitals said it was actually required that the car-seat be checked and approved before they could leave. They also did not offer a wheelchair so we all had to walk down, which was a lot of walking and not an ideal situation. I would suggest to specifically ask someone to give you verbal instructions for care after leaving the hospital and to specifically ask for a wheelchair, there is no reason you should not have one. The discharge felt very unorganized and unfriendly after a hospital stay in which we had great nurses who were helpful and nice.

Overall I would return to the hospital but would use the tips that I mentioned above to make it a better experience. On a side note, my doctor was Dr. Silver who is a Scripps physician and he did a great job, I would highly recommend him. I saw several of his colleagues during my recovery and they seemed very nice and competent as well.

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I had a heart attack with full cardiac arrest Nov. 4, 2006. I was revived by the San Diego Fire Department paramedics and rushed to Scripps Memorial La Jolla. Less than 2 hours after the initial 911 call I was in surgery. I was released 1 week later, and 2 weeks later I was back riding my Harley. I cannot praise the Doctors and Nursing staff enough! The nursing staff was excellent. Subsequent tests show no permanent damage to my heart.
Thank You Scripps!

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I had a heart attack with full cardiac arrest Nov. 4, 2006. I was revived by the San Diego Fire Department paramedics and rushed to Scripps Memorial La Jolla. Less than 2 hours after the initial 911 call I was in surgery. I was released 1 week later, and 2 weeks later I was back riding my Harley. I cannot praise the Doctors and Nursing staff enough! The nursing staff was excellent. Subsequent tests show no permanent damage to my heart.
Thank You Scripps!

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I have read the review that others have left for this hospital and I can do nothing but disagree. I had a wonderful experience at this hospital. Every single doctor and nurse that I came into contact with were exceptional people. I have nothing but excellent things to say about my experience at this hospital. Not only did I deliver my daughter at this hospital, but I've also had to go to the ER. I would highly recommend this hospital. The people there were extremely FRIENDLY!

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I have read the review that others have left for this hospital and I can do nothing but disagree. I had a wonderful experience at this hospital. Every single doctor and nurse that I came into contact with were exceptional people. I have nothing but excellent things to say about my experience at this hospital. Not only did I deliver my daughter at this hospital, but I've also had to go to the ER. I would highly recommend this hospital. The people there were extremely FRIENDLY!

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they are an okay hospital, but then again which ones are the best. They all make you wait likt an hour before you can go inside and then another hour to wait for the doctor to come to check up on you.

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they are an okay hospital, but then again which ones are the best. They all make you wait likt an hour before you can go inside and then another hour to wait for the doctor to come to check up on you.

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I have had two horrible experiences with Scripps Hospitals. They are unorganized and unprofessional. Two loved ones have died at their hospitals. With the scond incident, I went to admin to get to the bottom of the death as I don't believe the death was necesarry. I ment with a hospital administrator that was unprofessional, unorganized, and not knowledgeable at all. The meeting was originally for her to talk to my family and I about the death and how the supposedly did everything they could. So we started out by asking her general questions, things that someone of her position and credentials should be able to answer and all we got was "I'm unsure" or "It is better that you ask the dr. because I wasn't there and I really don't know". It would seem if you have a meeting set up like this one would be prepared but they weren't. I guess this is one of the reasons my loved one is gone.

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I have had two horrible experiences with Scripps Hospitals. They are unorganized and unprofessional. Two loved ones have died at their hospitals. With the scond incident, I went to admin to get to the bottom of the death as I don't believe the death was necesarry. I ment with a hospital administrator that was unprofessional, unorganized, and not knowledgeable at all. The meeting was originally for her to talk to my family and I about the death and how the supposedly did everything they could. So we started out by asking her general questions, things that someone of her position and credentials should be able to answer and all we got was "I'm unsure" or "It is better that you ask the dr. because I wasn't there and I really don't know". It would seem if you have a meeting set up like this one would be prepared but they weren't. I guess this is one of the reasons my loved one is gone.

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