Emergency Services

In this article, you’ll find several suggestions for emergency services for both people and pets.

Calling for Emergency Services

When your call comes into the 911 call centers, they can see the locations of the cell phone towers nearest to your location. They can ping the towers, or contact the cell phone companies, to request GPS coordinates of your location. When and if that information is available, it still only narrows the possible area of your location at best.
When vacationing at Lake Anna, know the address of your guest house. When you give the 911 Call Center that address, they will deploy the closest available units.
If you’re out on the water, you will notice that many boat docks have 911 location markers. These markers can give you important information to convey to the dispatcher.

You will notice that many boat docks have yellow, 911 location markers. These markers can give you important information to convey to the dispatcher if you have an emergency on the water.

The dock signs display a series of letters and numbers.  The “L” , “O”, or “S” refers to the county where the dock is located — Louisa, Orange or Spotsylvania. 

The letters “U” or “D” tell whether you are Upstream or Downstream from the approximate midpoint of the lake, the Route 208 Bridge. 

This marker starts with LD which indicates that the dock is in Louisa County, south of the Rt. 208 bridge. The number, 201, is a unique address registered with each county’s dispatcher.

Urgent Care Centers

One of the closest urgent care centers, Virginia Prime Care, is a bit over 30 minutes from mid-Lake Anna. Take care when entering the address, 9763 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, 22553, into your GPS because both Louisa and Spotsylvania have a Courthouse Road, and you’re not going to Louisa.

BetterMed Urgent Care at 10004 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, 22407, is about 50 minutes from mid-Lake Anna. They also have another Fredericksburg location.

Although not an urgent care center, Fredericksburg does have a VA Clinic at 10401 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 300, Fredericksburg, 22408. This clinic is about 45 minutes from mid-lake.


Fredericksburg hospitals are closest to most Lake Anna  locations. There are three choices, but the third is a bit farther away so is not included in this article.

Mary Washington Hospital at 1001 Sam Perry Boulevard, Fredericksburg, 22401, is about an hour from mid-lake. However, it is a designated Level II trauma center, Primary Stroke Center, and Level III NICU. 

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is located at 4600 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg, 22408, about 50 minutes from mid-lake.

Richmond has several hospitals including Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Hunter Holmes McGuire Hospital (a VA facility), and many others. With this selection of hospitals, many with distinct specialties, the care choices are more extensive.

Just as Richmond offers more health care choices, Charlottesville does too. The University of Virginia (UVA) Hospital and Medical Center is a renowned care center. Sentara Martha Jefferson is a bit closer than most UVA locations.


Food Lion has a pharmacy, the only one at the lake. The direct number to the pharmacy is (540) 894-0650. If you call the main number, (540) 895-0560, choose 3 and 5 to request the pharmacy. This is not a 24 hour pharmacy.

Veterinary Care

Let’s not forget the dogs, cats, and other pets. They love to come with you on vacation, but accidents and illness do happen. It’s good to be prepared in an unfamiliar area.

There are several vets around the area, including Louisa, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, and others. However, Lake Anna has an outstanding veterinary practice.

Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital is widely regarded as the best in the lake region. I’ve taken my own dogs there for several years.

They’re located at 1835 New Bridge Road, Mineral, 23117, right across the road from the Food Lion Grocery. Their phone number is (540) 894-4572.

Lake Anna Vets can provide emergency services during business hours. After business hours, they recommend calling:

  • Richmond
    Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
    5918 West Broad Street
    Richmond, 23230
    (804) 716-4700 (For Emergencies)
  • Manakin-Sabot (near Richmond)
    Veteriary Referral and Critical Care
    1596 Hockett Road
    Manakin-Sabot, 23103
    (804) 784-8722
  • Charlottesville
    Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital
    370 Greenbrier Dr., Suite A-2
    Charlottesville, 22901
    (434) 202-1616


I hope you enjoy a problem-free Lake Anna vacation with no cause to rely on these resources. If you find additional valuable information or discover broken links, please leave a comment. Be well, be safe.