Emergency Department

The Emergency Department provides initial assessment, resuscitation, stabilisation and management of children aged from birth up to the child’s 16th birthday (and up to the child’s 18th birthday for pre-existing chronic conditions and mental health conditions). This includes:

  • managing major trauma and other life-threatening emergencies
  • responding to disaster situations and pandemics associated where large numbers of patients who require care
  • acting as the central transfer/referral point for multi-trauma services in Queensland
  • accepting and treating patients brought in by the Queensland Paediatric Retrieval Service.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

This service is available to children living within the Queensland Children’s Hospital catchment area. Check if you fall within the catchment by using our South East Queensland hospital catchment finder.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a formal referral to access this service.

Information for health professionals

General practitioners and other hospitals should contact the Children’s Advice Transport Communication Hub (CATCH) regarding patient transfers and referrals to Emergency.
 t: 07 3068 4510

Please note all calls received by CATCH will be recorded for training and quality purposes.

This service is available at

Emergency (Level 1)
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 1
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

Dial 000 if your child requires emergency assistance.
For all other health related enquiries contact 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).
For general hospital enquiries please contact the Queensland Children’s Hospital switchboard on 07 3068 1111.

Operating hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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