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Emergency Visits

Increased Wait Times in the Emergency Department

Like hospitals around the country, we are seeing a significant increase in emergency department visits and admissions to our hospital, and this is exacerbated by the national healthcare workforce shortages. We have implemented measures to accommodate the higher volumes and deliver safe care.

When a child in our hospital or emergency department is facing a life-threatening emergency, there is no wait time.

Families who come to us with non-urgent issues will experience long waits to be seen. We anticipate our hospital volumes will remain near capacity in the near future. Families should consider whether their child could be cared for at their primary care pediatrician’s office or at a local urgent care. We also encourage families to stay up to-date on vaccines including a flu shot and the latest vaccine for COVID-19.

We encourage parents to be kind to the staff who are doing their best to care for all the children who come to our hospital.


Our pediatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at two locations in the nation's capital. We also offer pediatric emergency services from 1 p.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week at Luminis Health.
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When to Take Your Child to the Emergency Department

Our parenting blog, Rise and Shine, gives you guidance on when to bring your child to the emergency department.

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