Emergency Department, Main Hospital

3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-590-3480

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 (ED) at CHOP’s Main Hospital on our Philadelphia Campus is staffed by attending physicians and nurses who are specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine. The ED is available 24 hours a day to handle pediatric emergencies, unscheduled visits and consultations that need immediate attention. We offer on-site radiology and can provide conscious sedation for uncomfortable procedures.

CHOP’s Main Hospital ED was the first Level 1 Trauma Center for children in the Delaware Valley and is home to the Poison Control Center. If your child’s medical condition is serious and they need to be admitted, they can easily be transferred to an inpatient unit in our Main Hospital.

Image: Main Hospital ED entrance

When You Arrive

CHOP’s Main Campus Emergency Department (ED) is located on the first floor of the hospital. You can enter the hospital through our main entrance on Civic Center Boulevard, through the ambulance bay or Parking Garage A. Parking is only permitted in the garage. When you enter the hospital, staff will direct you to the ED.


Visitor Guidelines

To keep our patients, families and staff safe from COVID-19 and other respiratory viral infections like the flu, we continue to review and adjust our visitation policies. Please read these guidelines before coming to any CHOP location, and remember all eligible visitors are required to wear a mask at all times. Learn what you can expect when you visit CHOP during COVID-19.

Travel Advisory

Please allow for extra travel time to your appointments due to road closures and traffic congestion caused by multiple construction projects around CHOP and Penn. Please note, the Wood Garage is now fully closed. Refer here for the latest updates on parking at CHOP’s Philadelphia Campus.