Children's Emergency Care
If your child needs immediate medical attention, call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room. A map to the Children's Emergency Room can be found here.
Why a separate Emergency Department for Children?
At UNC we recognize that children are not just small adults. When they are sick or injured they benefit from specialized care designed for their needs. Here at UNC, our Children’s Emergency Department offers:
- A state-of-the-art facility
- Staff who are experienced and trained in working with children
- A child-friendly environment that is separate from the main Emergency Department
- A separate waiting room for children and their families
- Child-sized equipment
- The back-up and support of specialists from the nationally recognized UNC Children’s Hospital, including a level 1 Pediatric Trauma team
- Children’s transport services
Tips for bringing your Child to the Emergency Department
- You may be away from home for several hours. Bring items such as diapers, wipes, toys and electronic devices to keep you and your child comfortable and entertained. Do not forget chargers for your electronic devices.
- It is important that your child have an empty stomach for some tests and procedures. Do not give your child anything to eat or drink without first checking with the doctors or nurses. It if the staff says it is ok for your child to eat, it is a good idea to have bottles or snacks handy. Don’t forget change for the vending machine.
- Bring a list of your child’s medications and allergies.
- Bring your insurance information.
Your ED Visit: What to Expect
The UNC children's emergency department is located in the basement level of N.C. Neurosciences Hospital. Free valet parking is available for cars arriving with an emergency room patient or an ambulance. You may find a map here.
A nurse will assess your care, and you will be registered by a clerk who will ask for the information needed for your child’s chart, and you’ll sign consent for treatment.
After you register, you’ll be asked to sit in our specific pediatric waiting area. A nurse will bring you to the ED as soon as a room is available. Children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries receive care first. Other children get attention in the order in which they arrive. We see all patients as quickly as possible.