Emergency Care

Emergency Care Exclusively for Kids in the Tampa Bay Area

At BayCare's pediatric ERs, 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.

Our Pediatric Emergency Centers

Mease Countryside Hospital
3231 McMullen Booth Road
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
St. Joseph's Hospital-South
6901 Simmons Loop
Riverview, FL 33578

Features & Benefits:

  • Expert Pediatric Emergency Care – Our emergency physicians and nurses specialize in treating children and are available 24/7.
  • Designed with your family in mind – Our pediatric ERs offer the expertise of a children’s hospital in a safe, private and family-centered environment.
  • Dedicated Child Life Specialists  – Our Child Life Specialists help children and their families adjust to the hospital environment and cope with procedures and diagnoses using play techniques to distract and calm young patients.
*While all of BayCare’s emergency rooms are able to treat children, should your child require additional treatment, our pediatric transport team can pick up children from any area hospital and quickly transport them to Steinbrenner Emergency Trauma Center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa.

When to Go to the Emergency Room

An ER is appropriate for any life-threatening illness or injury. If you feel your child is in need of emergency care, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest BayCare ER. 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? Download a copy of the ER Visit Preparation guide by filling out the form to the right. And just in case you need to follow-up with a physician after your ER visit, be sure that you indicate you would like a physician referral on the form as well.

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