Emergency Department in Seattle

Emergency Department Experiencing High Volumes

Our Emergency Department is here to provide care for all concerns, especially urgent and emergent issues. Due to unusually high demand, you may experience longer than usual wait times in the Emergency Department. We understand the wait may be longer than usual, but we encourage you to stay until your child receives care. 

For illnesses and injuries that are not medical emergencies or life-threatening, please reach out to your child’s primary care provider or try to schedule an appointment at 1 of our 4 Urgent Care locations. For more information, refer to our Emergency vs. Urgent Care guide.

Seattle Children’s Emergency Department is not a COVID testing site

In order to maintain capacity for patients that need emergency care, our Emergency Department is unable to offer COVID-19 testing to patients who do not need emergency care.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing at Seattle Children’s and in the community.

COVID-19 Alert
  • One parent or caregiver is allowed in the Emergency Department waiting room. Two parents or caregivers can be with a patient once they are brought to a private exam room. All other visitors, including siblings of any age, are not allowed to visit at this time.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Watch what to expect at your clinic visit during COVID-19 (video).
  • Learn more about the rest of the safety measures we have in place at all Seattle Children’s locations. 

Map and Directions

Emergency or Urgent Care?

  • If your child needs care for minor, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries when your healthcare provider's office is closed, we provide specialized pediatric care at our four Urgent Care locations in Bellevue, Federal Way, Everett and Seattle. Urgent Care is open on evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • For more information, read our Emergency or Urgent Care? checklist or download the checklist as a PDF in EnglishSpanish or Arabic.
  • You can make an appointment for Urgent Care here.

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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