UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room

UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room

1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
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Hours of Operation
The pediatric emergency room is open 24 hours a day.
Pediatric After Hours

Entrance to the Pediatric ER 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. 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.

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:

  • 15 private treatment rooms (with an additional 4 semi-private rooms)
  • 5 observation bays
  • 2 waiting rooms — one for sick children and one for well children
  • 2 exam rooms, specifically designed for children with communicable diseases
  • 2 resuscitation rooms
  • 1 conscious-sedation room for casting broken bones and stitching wounds
  • Private room for radiology imaging (X-rays) with state-of-the-art, low-dose radiation equipment designed for young patients
  • Family consultation room for private conversations with staff
  • Nurses station with the most technologically advanced equipment specifically designed to treat children and young adults 
  • Complimentary 24/7 valet parking and nearby parking garage for fast access
  • Energy-saving details (LED lighting and energy-efficient air handler)

New 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.

Service & Providers

  • Open 24/7 for patients age 17 and under
  • Capacity to treat more than 25,000 pediatric emergency patients annually
  • Care provided by UF College of Medicine board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians with access to pediatric specialists at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
  • Staffed by UF Health pediatric-trained emergency medicine registered nurses and support staff

Waiting Rooms

  • Two separate ER waiting areas: "Red Fish" for sick children and "Blue Fish" for well children
  • Two private triage rooms
  • Family consultation room for private conversations with staff
  • Nautical theme design with two oversized saltwater aquariums
  • Flat-screen television to keep children’s minds off their illnesses

Exam Rooms

  • Nautical theme with porthole windows and underwater images
  • Flat-screen television and DVD player in each room
  • 19 treatment rooms (15 private, 4 semi-private)

Observation Room

  • 5 observation beds with privacy curtains
  • Centralized nursing/physician station
  • Flat-screen television for each patient 


  • Private room for radiology imaging (X-rays)
  • 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.)


Waiting room at the Shands Pediatric ER.For medical emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For more information about the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, please call 352.265.KIDS (5437).

For information or to make an appointment with Pediatrics After Hours, please call 352.265.0724 or visit us online.


Medical Records

To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room, please contact 352-265-KIDS.

Pay your bill

If you have questions or wish to pay in person, please consult our billing section.

Accepted Insurance

Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.

Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.

Financial Assistance

Patients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.

UF Health is tobacco-free

Help us maintain our strong commitment to patients and to promoting good health in our communities: please don't smoke, chew tobacco or use electronic cigarettes on UF Health-owned or -operated properties. Thank you.