Emergency Medicine

High Volumes & Wait Times

We are experiencing extremely high volumes due to seasonal illnesses. We appreciate your patience as this may mean longer-than-normal wait times in our EDs. Wait times are typically longest in evening hours and shortest in the morning. Get tips for what can be treated at home and when to seek medical attention.

If you have mild symptoms or are seeking a COVID-19 test, please use community testing resources instead of coming to the ER. That helps free us up to care for serious medical emergencies. CHOP COVID testing options »

The Emergency Department (emergency room) at CHOP is staffed 24 hours a day by attending physicians and nurses who are specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine. If your child has a medical problem that needs immediate attention, we're here for you.

Getting Here

CHOP has two Emergency Departments — one on the first floor of the Main Hospital in Philadelphia and one on the ground floor of the Middleman Family Pavilion in King of Prussia.

Get directions to the Philadelphia ED »

Get directions to the King of Prussia ED »

What to Expect at the Hospital and Emergency Department During Sick Season

Our Team

CHOP's Emergency Department includes more than 50 board-certified attending physicians who are specialists in pediatric emergency medicine, along with pediatricians and advanced practice providers who are prepared to care for your child. In addition, our entire nursing team is specially trained in pediatric emergency nursing. CHOP’s pediatric emergency medicine experts care for children at CHOP’s Philadelphia Campus, King of Prussia Campus, and the ED at Virtua Voorhees in Voorhees, New Jersey.

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Medical Questions/Concerns
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Your Child’s ED Visit

Learn what to expect at your child’s visit to the Emergency Department (ED) on CHOP’s Philadelphia Campus.

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ER vs. Urgent Care

Find out whether an urgent care center or the emergency department is the best choice for your child.

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Symptom Checker

This online symptom checker can help you make informed decisions about what level of medical care your child may need, if any, and steps you can take to relieve symptoms at home. If your child has medical risk factors such as a weakened immune system or surgery in last 7 days, please contact your child’s specialist.

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Watch: All About the ED

Meet some of the people who make it possible for CHOP’s Emergency Department to see 100,000 children every year.