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UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room


1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, Florida 32608
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UF Health Shands Children's Hospital exterior

The Pediatric E.R. located in UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides families with a convenient one-stop children’s health center for emergency care.
If you have an emergency, dial 911.

Open 24/7, patients 17 and under are cared for by University of Florida board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians with access to specialists in more than 20 pediatric specialties at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. By co-locating the UF Health pediatric teams in a child-focused environment, we can better serve our young patients and their families.

An emergency room designed for you and your children

A separate entrance welcomes children and their families into a fun and colorful environment. Inside, a kid-friendly space allows for more streamlined pediatric care. The Pediatric E.R. has:

  • Complimentary 24/7 valet parking and nearby parking garage for fast access
  • Separate waiting rooms — one for sick children and one for well children
  • 15 private treatment, 4 semi-private rooms, and 2 private triage rooms
  • 2 exam rooms, specifically designed for children with communicable diseases
  • 2 resuscitation rooms
  • 5 observation beds with privacy curtains
  • 1 conscious-sedation room for casting broken bones and stitching wounds
  • Nurses station with the most technologically advanced equipment specifically designed to treat children and young adults
  • A nautical with two oversized saltwater aquariums and a flat-screen television to keep children’s minds off their illnesses


  • Private room for radiology imaging (X-rays) with state-of-the-art, low-dose radiation equipment designed for young patients
  • Digital images available in seconds
  • We endorse and support the national Image Gently campaign, which helps ensure that radiologists use the lowest dose of radiation necessary to perform interventional procedures on children. (Image Gently was founded by the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the American College of Radiology.)

Visitor policy

For the protection and safety of our patients, anyone visiting a patient at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital or the UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R. must now obtain a visitor’s badge. These badges are available at our information desks. You must present a government-issued photo ID to receive a badge. Please note that our COVID-19 visitor guidelines still apply. This is independent of the COVID-19 screening and is a permanent visitor policy.

Meeting your health care needs

  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.