Emergency Department

Who we are

PCH’s Emergency Department (ED) provides urgent medical care to children and adolescents up to the age of 16.

Young people with pre-existing chronic conditions that are managed at PCH may be seen at the PCH ED up to the age of 18.

When you arrive in the ED, please take a ticket from the kiosk in the triage waiting area. This helps our staff to assess patients in the order of arrival. Patients may be called out of sequence for emergency reasons. 

Waiting times vary depending on how busy the department is and will change when there are emergencies.

Before attending PCH’s ED, please consider that there may be suitable paediatric emergency services at a hospital closer to your home. 

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 (external site). 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. 


24 hours a day, seven days a week


The ED is on the Ground Level.

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

View the PCH map for more information.


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

KidSafe WA (external site)

PREDICT (external site)

Telethon Kids Institute (external site)

Vaccine Trials Group (external site)

WA State Trauma Registry Database (external site)

Related links 

Welcome to the PCH Emergency Department