If your child is sick or injured and needs immediate care, you may decide to bring them to the Madlyn K. Abramson Emergency Department (ED) at the Middleman Family Pavilion in King of Prussia. Our caring and knowledgeable doctors, nurses and support staff will do everything possible to make sure your child gets the best possible care and treatment.
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. 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 »
We understand how difficult it can be to make childcare arrangements in emergency situations, but whenever possible, please try not bring siblings/other children with you to the ED. We thank you for your partnership.
The Emergency Department is located on the ground floor of the Middleman Family Pavilion, at the rear of the building. The address is 550 S. Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia, PA 19406.
By car and need parking
If you arrive by car, please pull into the King of Prussia Campus, then follow signs for Parking B in the rear of the building (parking is free). Do not stop or park in the loading zone or ambulance bay. Please park in designated areas near the entrance to the Emergency Department, then enter the Middleman Pavilion. Proceed to the Welcome Desk and staff will direct you from there.
Drop-offs, walk-ins and public transportation
Please enter through the rear of the building (follow signs for Parking B). The Emergency Department (ED) is on the ground floor and is easily accessed from this entrance. Proceed to the Welcome Desk and staff will direct you from there.
What to expect when you arrive
Care for children with severe or life-threatening illnesses is prioritized. Other children are seen in the order in which they arrive. We try to see all patients as quickly as possible. Sometimes there are many patients, and our staff is busy caring for very ill children. At these times, the wait may be longer.
When you arrive in the ED, you will first go to the triage nurse. Staff from our Welcome Desk will direct you. The purpose of triage is to quickly assess your child's needs and to begin planning their care. A nurse will ask you the reason for your visit and examine your child.
In most cases, a nurse will direct you to the Registration desk. However, in some cases, your child may need to be seen immediately and a nurse will direct you and your child to an ED treatment room. If this happens, a clerk will come to your child's bedside to register your family.
If you are asked to go to the Registration Desk, a clerk will ask you for the information needed for your child's chart and will have you sign a consent form for your child to be treated. After you register, please take a seat in the assigned waiting area.
Listen for your child’s name to be called. A nurse will bring you and your child to an ED treatment room as soon as one is available. If you think your child's condition has changed while you are waiting, please tell the triage nurse.
Patient care in the ED
Once in a treatment room, your child will be examined and evaluated by a team of specially trained nurses and doctors. They will ask questions of you and your child to help manage your child's care in the ED.
There is at least one board-certified pediatric emergency attending physician in the King of Prussia ED at all times. Your child may need to have imaging tests, blood tests or a consult with a specialist. Please understand you may have to wait for these results. Our staff will try to make you and your child as comfortable as possible and inform you about any delays during your wait.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's treatment, please ask your child’s nurse or doctor.
If your child is admitted
Your child’s doctor may decide your child needs longer term care and monitoring. The doctor may admit your child into the hospital. In this case, your child will stay in the ED until they are brought to a hospital room upstairs. Your child’s care will then transfer from the ED doctors and nurses to the appropriate inpatient team.
If your child needs to be transferred
If your child needs additional care not available at our hospital in King of Prussia, they may be transferred to the Main Hospital in Philadelphia. The Emergency Transport Program provides expert care and safe, timely transport of critically ill or injured children. In most cases, one parent will be allowed to travel with the patient.
If your child is discharged
In most cases, your child’s ED visit will not lead to a hospital stay. In cases where your child is treated in the ED and then sent home, CHOP clinicians will give you written instructions about your child's home treatment, details about any medications your child may need and when to take them, as well as when and who your child should go to for follow-up care. If medication is needed, we can provide a list of pharmacies open 24 hours a day.