Emergency Department

If it's a life-threatening emergency

If your child has a life-threatening medical emergency or condition call 000 and ask for an ambulance.

In an emergency situation, please go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

If you are not sure what to do, call HealthDirect Australia on 1800 022 222 for free health advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find out more about Coming to Emergency at PCH.


Who we are

PCH’s Emergency Department (ED) provides urgent medical care, such as an accident or an injury (burns, broken bones or injury to the head) to children and adolescents who are 15 years old or under.

Young people with pre-existing chronic conditions that are managed at PCH may be seen at the PCH ED who are 18 years old and under.

There are also Mental Health clinical nurse specialists who support mental health assessments in the PCH ED for children and young people who are 15 years old or under.

Services we provide

Diagnosis and treatment for children across a range of presentations including:

  • resuscitation
  • trauma
  • medical
  • surgical
  • mental health.

We accept referrals or transfers from surrounding and regional areas and, when required, we also manage external disasters involving large numbers of children.


Multi-centre research studies are conducted within ED involving both nursing and medical staff, including the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative PREDICT. Staff involvement in internationally recognised research is demonstrated through achievements including publications and conference presentations.

Further research and role development training including Master of Nursing studies, Advanced Trainee and Consultant training is also supported. Registrars are encouraged and supported to conduct audits during their term in ED.

The ED has relationships with a number of external parties which contribute to research within the department including KidSafe WA, Telethon Kids Institute, Vaccine Trials Group and the WA State Trauma Registry Database. 

Visit the CAHS website for more information on Emergency Medicine research.


24 hours a day, seven days a week


The ED is on the Ground Level. View the PCH map for more information.

An emergency set-down area is available off Hospital Avenue near the main entrance. For more information, see Travelling to PCH.

Visit Coming to Emergency for more information.


The ED has relationships with a number of external parties which contribute to research within the department: