Emergency Department in Seattle

Emergency Department Masking Updates

Masks are currently required in Seattle Children’s Emergency Department waiting areas due to the high number of patients who are currently sick. This is to help limit the spread of infection.

Masks are optional in all other areas of the hospital or clinics but should be worn if you have respiratory symptoms or if requested by the care team. Review our current masking guidelines

We are experiencing extremely high demand in our Emergency Department.

You may experience longer-than-normal wait times.  

Our Emergency Department is here for you when you need us. Here are some alternative resources if this is not an emergency but you need mental and behavioral health support:

For other health concerns that are not medical emergencies, please contact your primary care provider. For urgent medical care, see our Urgent Care locations.  

In the Emergency Department, we treat children with the most serious illnesses and injuries first. We are here to care for you and will see you as soon as possible.

Map and Directions

Emergency or Urgent Care?

About the Emergency Department

We specialize in meeting the unique needs of children and families during medical emergencies.

Seattle Children's Emergency Department is dedicated to caring for babies, children, teens and young adults, providing complete, coordinated care for your child in one location. Our team has extensive experience providing state-of-the-art emergency care especially for young patients. A lead doctor, called an attending doctor, is in our Emergency Department 24 hours a day, every day. We offer round-the-clock access to Seattle Children's experts in more than 30 pediatric specialties and to the full facilities of our hospital.

Our team recognizes how stressful illness or injury can be – not only to your child, but also to your family. You know your child best, so we will include you as we assess and treat your child.

Services and Features We Offer

  • Emergency care for children ages 21 years and younger, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Our providers are Pediatric Emergency Medicine experts.
  • Rapid access to the full facilities and staff of Seattle Children's, including operating rooms, MRI, CT scan, X-rays and other advanced diagnostic techniques, and experts in more than 30 pediatric specialties
  • Radiology center adjacent to the ED makes imaging services more convenient and efficient.
  • Central work stations give caregivers greater visibility to your child's room.
  • Communication with Urgent Care Clinics ensures our providers work together to coordinate care if a child needs to be transferred to the ED.
  • Free interpreter services are available.
  • TVs in each exam room have access to our interactive media system, GetWell Town.

A registered nurse will greet you as soon as you walk through the door and assess your child's condition. After your child's condition is assessed by a nurse, a medical intake coordinator will show you to an early initiation room. Registration will take place in the room after the medical care team sees your child.

The entire primary care team may come into the room at the same time so you won't have to explain your situation to each person involved. This will ensure everyone is on the same page and enable care to move forward without delay.  

Meet the Emergency Department care team

Paying for Care

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