Pediatric Emergency Room

When the unexpected happens, we provide 24-hour pediatric emergency care when you need it most.

Phone: (305) 668-5522

Nicklaus Children's well-understands that social distancing with children does not mean they will stay injury free. Accidents do happen. Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Emergency Department, home to South Florida's only free-standing pediatric trauma center, is open 24 hours to serve the region's children. If your child sustains an injury of any kind, don't delay treatment.

COVID-19 Testing

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centers provide testing for children who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 such as:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Our staff will contact the parents or guardians of any child with a positive result within 7-10 days of testing.

Parents can access the child's medical records and lab results online by visiting MyKids Patient Portal. For information about MyKids and instructions on how to register, please visit

When emergencies arise, families can take comfort in knowing that Nicklaus Children's Hospital is here around-the-clock to take care of your child's immediate healthcare needs. With a caring team of nurses and doctors, combined with the most technologically advanced equipment, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Emergency Room provides the immediate quality care that your child needs.

In 2019, the Nicklaus Children's Emergency Department had 86,241 ER visits.

At Nicklaus Children's, we know that a child's needs are different from adults. To ensure that your child is seen by a pediatric specialist when it is most needed, the Emergency Department has a team of board-certified, fellowship trained, and board-eligible attending pediatric specialists and subspecialties on call, 24 hours a day. Should your child require advanced care, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has a full spectrum of pediatric subspeciality physicians to collaborate in your child’s care.

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Emergency Department is proud to be home to the Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, is one of only two freestanding Level III pediatric trauma centers in Florida and the only freestanding pediatric trauma center in South Florida. An adjoining helipad enhances the facility’s ability to handle incoming traumas, as well as transfers from other hospitals.

To continue to be a leader in ensuring patient satisfaction, the entire Emergency Department staff devised and implemented strategies to reduce patient waiting time, enhance the atmosphere in the waiting room, and improve the delivery of patient care for our patients and families.

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