Information for health care providers

Acute Assault

  • If it is acute, instruct the patient to go directly to the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. An acute assault occurred within the last 72 hours. The potential still exists for biological evidence to be recovered. Please contact the forensic nurse on-call if you are transferring a patient.

Non-Acute Assault

  • If it is non-acute, the forensic nurse will assist in making an appointment for the patient. A non-acute assault occurred more than 72 hours ago. While biological evidence may not be present, the patient can benefit from a forensic evaluation. This frequently includes the pediatric population.

St. Mary’s Emergency Department: (804) 281-8184

Forensic Nurses office (during business hours): (804) 281-8574