Guidance for Visiting the Emergency Department Regarding Coronavirus
Children’s National Hospital has implemented strategies to limit the spread of coronavirus in our community. As a precaution to protect our patients, families and staff, we are following the recommendations from the CDC.
If your child has developed a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, or has been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should contact your child’s primary care provider. If you feel that your child is having a medical emergency, please come to the Emergency Department. They will then work with your local or state health departments to determine the appropriate next steps for your child’s care.
Please only visit the Emergency Department if you are experiencing a major or life-threatening issue. This will help limit the potential spread of the virus in our community, and will help ensure that our Emergency Department is able to care for patients with the most critical needs first.
Based on recommendations from public health authorities, we are not providing testing based solely on the request of a child’s primary caregiver. We will work closely with the Department of Health to determine if testing is required based on a patient’s symptoms and risk of exposure.
We have three emergency departments to meet the needs of our patients, one at our main hospital, a second at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. and the third at Doctors Community Hospital. Our location addresses are:
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Avenue
Washington District of Columbia 20010
Phone: 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)
Children’s National Emergency Department at United Medical Center
1310 Southern Ave., SE
Washington District of Columbia 20032
Emergency Care at Doctors Community Hospital
8118 Good Luck Rd
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Emergency Care at Children's National Hospital
Children’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, as verified by the American College of Surgeons. As such, we are uniquely qualified to provide emergency care for children, from the design of the department to our highly skilled professionals who understand the special needs of younger, smaller patients.
The center provides a full range of emergency diagnostic and treatment services for acutely ill and injured patients. Our team includes leading fellowship trained experts in pediatric emergency care, and all of our pediatric subspecialists are available for consultations. Division units add another level of service for children and families.
Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services
Our Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services team includes leading fellowship trained experts in pediatric emergency care, and all of our pediatric subspecialists are available for consultations. Division units add another level of service for children and families:
- Rapid Treatment Unit. The Rapid Treatment Unit’s pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners help patients with minor acute illnesses and injuries. The Rapid Treatment Unit is open daily from 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
- Evaluation and Treatment Unit. The Evaluation and Treatment Unit provides care to those patients who require up to 24 hours of treatment, but do not require a hospital admission.
- Decontamination Unit. In the event of a biological, chemical or radiological event, Children’s has a state-of-the-art Decontamination Unit designed specifically for kids, the only one of its kind in the region.
Learn more about Children's National Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services.