mother and daughter in emergency room

Emergency & Trauma

UVA's Emergency Department is one of only five level-one trauma centers in Virginia. Our experienced team delivers comprehensive, coordinated emergency care for acutely ill and injured children, adolescents and young adults up to age 21.

A Comforting, Safe Environment

We prioritize your child's comfort and safety. Our quiet, kid-friendly waiting area is separate from the adult emergency room and stocked with books, toys, videos and other items to help ease a child's anxiety. We also have private screening rooms, separate from adult emergency patients.

Our pediatric emergency room has the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools available, designed to fit children of all ages. We’re open 24/7.

Newborn Critical Care
the NICU at UVA Children's Hospital

As home to the region's most advanced Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we get referrals of premature or critically ill infants who were born at other hospitals throughout Virginia, West Virginia and other states. We

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Transport for Infants
emergency transport for newborns

Our Newborn Emergency Transport System (NETS), staffed with medics, nurses and respiratory therapists, transports tiny patients 24/7 by ground or air to our NICU. 

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Pediatric Critical Care
critical care for children

Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for infants, kids and teenagers with serious illnesses and injuries or who have had complex surgery — including heart procedures and organ transplants.

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Emergency Services for Kids

Evaluations of Abuse

We're committed to protecting children from physical and sexual abuse. Our doctors and nurses with specialized training offer comprehensive exams for children who are suspected victims of abuse. You can also make an appointment for one of these sensitive evaluations.

Poisoning Intervention

At our Blue Ridge Poison Center, experts take calls 24/7, providing free, confidential treatment advice about poison safety, including questions about the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Our nurses and doctors have the training to handle poisonings from:

  • Medicines
  • Plants
  • Household cleaning products
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Snake bites
  • Carbon monoxide