You should always call Triple Zero (000) in a genuine health emergency.
The Children’s Emergency Department provides dedicated emergency assessment and treatment for children up to their 16th birthday. Providing care for the needs of your child in a family and child-friendly environment is at the heart of everything we do.
Like Adult emergency department, Children’s emergency is a walk-in service. Your child will be triaged upon arrival by the emergency nurse. You should always call Triple Zero (000) in a genuine health emergency.
Pack as you would going out for a day with your child. This may include a change of clothes, nappies, snacks, drink, things to keep them occupied while waiting, and a comfort toy. Your child may be required to stay overnight and there is provision for one parent to accompany them.
An experienced emergency nurse will meet you and triage your child’s condition. Some children may be sicker than others and they will get priority. We ask that you be patient so we can deliver the best care for all our patients. If you think your child’s condition has worsened while you have been waiting, please notify a staff member immediately.