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Pediatric Friendly Emergency Care

Pediatric-friendly ER in Prince George

When your child is having a medical emergency, you want an Emergency Room that can treat them as quickly as possible and in environment that is right for your child. TriCities ER offers both.

Short ER wait times

As part of our emergency room’s commitment to our community, the ER staff at our facility works around the clock to make sure our youngest patients have short ER wait times. When you choose our emergency room, you can take comfort in knowing our average ER wait times are significantly lower than the national average, meaning your child gets the emergency care they need – fast.

Kids should be allowed to be kids, and we promise to do everything in our power to get them feeling better as soon as possible.

An Emergency Room designed for children

Our Emergency Room has the expertise children require, from the most advanced medical care to pediatric-themed examination rooms with a soothing environment. The ER staff at our facility understands that children are not adults and require certain emotional support older patients don’t need. We promise a family-focused care plan that is right for your child and approved by you -the parent.

To ensure every child gets the most advanced emergency care, our Emergency Room is staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Safety first

TriCities ER also uses the Broselow System ensuring an extra level of safety in an emergency. This system allows us to instantly access proper pediatric dosing, improve the speed and accuracy in acute preparation and administration of drugs and reduce medical errors for our smallest patients. You can take comfort in knowing we take your child’s safety seriously and will use every precaution possible while treating them.

If your child’s illness is serious enough to warrant a transfer, we offer direct admission to Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, which has a, pediatric inpatient unit and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), though we hope you never have to use it.

Six signs your child should go to the ER

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A sick child can be a scary thing – especially for new parents. Here's a quick guide:
When these 6 signs and symptoms strike, it may be time to make a trip to the hospital.


Rectal temp higher than 100.4 degrees faranheit in infants under 3 months.

  • Showing signs of dehydration
  • Fever induced seizures
  • Acting significantly different

Stiff Neck

With other symptoms, it could be an early sign of meningitis or Lyme disease. Watch for:

  • Numbness in the back or arms
  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vomiting or drowsiness

Widespread Rash

If a skin irritation won't clear up after a few days, head to the ER if:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fever, swelling or blistering
  • Headache or joint pain
  • Abnormal bleeding

Tummy Troubles

Make the trip to the ER if your little one is:

  • Drowsy, weak or faint
  • Has a hard or swollen belly
  • Has a tender abdomen or unable to walk
  • Unable to pass stool, especially if they are vomiting

Bumps, Bruises & Broken Bones

Bump on the head? Watch for these signs:

  • Dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness
  • Inability to speak/slurred speech
  • Inability to balanc when sitting or standing
  • Changes in personality or behavior

It might be a broken bone if you see:

  • Loss of movement in limb
  • Bone pushing through skin
  • Area around bone is cold or pale

Trouble Breathing

Seek immediate care if your child:

  • Has choked on an object
  • Is using their belly to breathe