Emergency Medicine


Dedicated to the emergency care of children, the Children's Hospital, the Paediatric Emergency Department is the only designated Paediatric ED between Toronto's HSC and Winnipeg's Children's Hospital. It is one of four provincially recognized ED's in Ontario with an annual volume of 39,000 patient visits. It is the Paediatric Trauma Centre for southwestern Ontario serving a population of 1.8 million people. The CH Paediatric ED is part of the London Health Sciences hospital complex. The facility was opened in 2000 and is one of three emergency departments within the Emergency Care Program at LHSC.
The Paediatric Emergency Department is located at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. The adult and paediatric emergency departments share a common entrance and some facilities but have separate areas for the care of their respective populations.

Included in the paediatric emergency patient care area is an area for the care of ill and injured patients, intermediated care area and an ambulatory care area for the care of minor illness and injury. The Paediatric Emergency is adjacent to the main diagnostic imaging facilities (CT, Ultrasound, MRI).  There are dedicated elevators are available to move patients to the Intensive Care Units and/or the Operating Suite.

Comprehensive emergency care for children from birth through adolescence is provided by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapist, child life specialists and social workers; all specifically trained in the care of children. Included in the scope of practice is the utilization of Point of Care Ultrasound and point of care x-rays for complicated fracture reduction.  
The Children’s Hospital Emergency Department has an excellent working relationship with Children’s Medical and Surgical Pediatric Subspecialist.

The Children's Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department offers an accredited Fellowship Program in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. The faculty are involved in numerous academic research and teaching activities.

The Team:

  • 39,000 patients annually
  • 3,200 non-emergent patients annually

Virtual Emergency Clinic

If you’re concerned you child may require emergency care and you’re not sure about coming into the hospital, a virtual emergency clinic is available.

Parents and children can speak to a children’s emergency doctor via video conference to discuss the child’s condition and, together, determine next steps. Next steps could include seeing your family doctor, or coming in-person to Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Patients can self-book an appointment at any time.

Virtual clinic hours of operation

  • Seven days a week, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • The virtual clinic does not replace in-person visits to the Emergency Department; rather, it provides a way for families to reach out for care if they may be hesitant to visit the hospital because of COVID-19.

Call 519-685-8735 between 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Or, call toll-free 1-844-CARE-844 (1-844-227-3844)

Parents seeking a virtual appointment can call during hours of operation. You’ll be connected with clerical staff who will generate a patient registration and send you an email invitation to join a Cisco Webex meeting.

  • This email invitation includes instructions on how to download the Webex software app on your smartphone or computer, and information on what to expect during the appointment.
  • When you join the Webex meeting, you’ll be placed in a private virtual waiting room.
  • A children’s emergency physician will consult with patients/parents on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If your situation is NOT an emergency, families should consider contacting your primary care doctor first. Primary care doctors often have after-hour services.


Children's Hospital - Emergency Department