When your child needs health care, everything matters. These guidelines can help you better understand when to seek appropriate care. If you think your child has a medical emergency or life-threatening condition, always call 911. If you think someone is poisoned, call the Central Ohio Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Nationwide Children’s supports community pediatricians and family practice physicians as a child’s primary medical home.
Call 911 if you are concerned about your child’s immediate safety.
For more information about Nationwide Children’s crisis services, click here.
Treatment for the following conditions is provided at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus Emergency Department and the Lewis Center Emergency Department:
The Lewis Center Emergency Department is staffed and prepared to treat and stabilize any emergency situation. However, if the patient is stable, in the following situations it would be best to be seen at the Nationwide Children’s Main Campus Emergency Department where specialists and inpatient resources are more readily available: patients who will most likely need admission to the hospital; major trauma/injuries; injuries following a motor vehicle accident, being struck by a vehicle or fall from a height; concerns for illness or injury from abuse or assault. If your child is in a psychiatric emergency, please call your county psychiatric crisis line or current behavioral health care provider for help in determining what response is best. Call 911 if you are concerned about your child’s immediate safety.
Urgent Cares offer treatment for illnesses and injuries that need immediate attention, but do not need to be seen in the Emergency Department. Treatment for the following conditions is provided at a Nationwide Children’s Urgent Care Center:
Nationwide Children’s Urgent Care facilities work with the Emergency Departments to ensure each child receives the best care in the appropriate location.
Contact Emergency Services
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
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