We are home to a new emergency department for both children and teenagers, along with adults. This emergency department will serve both Jim Pattison Children's Hospital and Royal University Hospital. It will replace the existing emergency department at Royal University Hospital.
The new emergency department has been part of the plan for the new maternal and children's hospital since the beginning of planning.
Why an emergency department for adults in a maternal and children's hospital?
We operate both a children's emergency and adults emergency department today at Royal University Hospital. We share nurses, doctors and other health care team members such as laboratory and x-ray with adult emergency. We also share trauma specialists. For example, if there is a car accident involving children and adults, both are brought to the same emergency department and cared for by our trauma team. We will continue to rely on this team, as well other specialists and clinical support staff with JPCH. Many of these individuals care for both adults and children. So, that is why it is really important we keep these specialists in one location so they are there when you need them, whether you are an adult or a child.
But, we also know that a child who is sick in emergency doesn't want to be in the same area as an adult, and vice versa. So, in the new emergency department, you will notice some BIG differences.
- When you walk in the doors, you will either walk in one direction to the adult emergency OR you will walk in a completely different direction for children's emergency. Our design team, which included patients and parents, worked hard to separate the two areas right from the front door.
- Ambulances will come in a completely separate area and door from those walking into a emergency.
- Children and teenagers (up to 17 years old) will be cared for in an area that was specifically designed for them and their needs.
- Adults will be cared for in a separate area that was completed designed for them and their needs, too.
- Did we mention every exam room, adult and child, is private?