mother and daughter in emergency room

Emergency & Trauma Care

COVID-19 Service Changes

UVA's Emergency Department is one of only five Level 1 trauma centers in Virginia.

When your child or adolescent (up to age 21) gets very sick or injured, you can bring them here. You can trust our trauma expertise and kid-centered care. We offer:

  • A kid-friendly space separate from the adult emergency room
  • The most advanced diagnostics and treatments available
  • Tools designed to fit kids of all ages and sizes

A Comforting, Safe Space for Kids

Your child's comfort and safety comes first. Our kid-friendly lobby contains:

  • Books
  • Toys
  • Videos
  • An interactive play wall

We created this environment to help ease your child's anxiety — and yours. We’re open 24/7.

Newborn Critical Care

the NICU at UVA Children's

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.

More About Our NICU

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. 

More About NETS

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.

More About the PICU

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