Emergency Care
 
 

Emergency Care Exclusively for Kids in the Tampa Bay Area

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When your child is sick or injured a visit to the ER can seem overwhelming. At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, BayCare's dedicated pediatric hospital, our expert pediatric specialists have the experience, compassion and expertise to care for your child using the most advanced technology in a calm, reassuring environment. Our goal is to get your child better and back to the activities he or she loves.

We designed our pediatric emergency rooms with your child’s health and well-being in mind. Our physicians are board certified in both pediatrics and emergency medicine providing complete trauma care for children.

When to go to the ER

An ER is appropriate for any life-threatening illness or injury. If your child is experiencing chest pain, fainting, loss of vision, shortness of breath or severe abdominal pain then the ER is the correct choice. Our ER facilities are open 24/7 and have all the capabilities to handle any type of medical situation. While all of BayCare’s ERs are able to treat children, should your child require additional treatment, our pediatric transport team can pick up children from any area hospital and transport them to the Steinbrenner Emergency Trauma Center in Tampa, using a specialized pediatric ambulance or by air via Bayflight.

When in doubt, call 9-1-1 or find a BayCare ER near you. Some examples of illnesses or injuries that should be evaluated in an emergency room are:

  • Broken bones
  • Fainting, dizziness or weakness
  • Ingestion of poison or medical overdose
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sudden or severe pain, especially in the chest

For minor illnesses and injuries, visit BayCare Urgent Care for additional information and a list of locations.

Preparing for your visit

After determining, your child needs to go to the ER, it's normal to be nervous about a visit to the hospital. But if your child knows what to expect, they’ll feel less anxious. Don't know where to start? Here are some steps to help:

  1. Locate an ER near you*
  2. Download a copy of the ER Visit Preparation guide by filling out the form.
  3. Just in case you need to follow-up with a physician after your ER visit, fill out the form and indicate you would like a physician referral. 
All of BayCare’s ERs are able to treat children, however, should your child require additional treatment, our pediatric transport team can pick up children from any area hospital and transport them to the Steinbrenner Emergency Trauma Center in Tampa.

Additional Resources

Steinbrenner Children's Emergency Room
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-4342