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Pediatric emergency services are a subspecialty of emergency medicine that focuses on care for children and teens with life threatening or extremely serious medical conditions. The subspecialty is necessary because children and teens have different needs than adults or the elderly during emergencies.
At Dignity Health Central California, our pediatric emergency doctors provide care with humankindness when your child or teen needs fast treatment. We see children in all of our emergency rooms, and Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield has a pediatric ER that is specific to children: the Robert A. Grimm Children's Pavilion for Emergency Services.
Children ages 0 years to 13 years, 11 months will be seen in the pediatric ER. Patients who are 14-18 years old MAY
be seen in the pediatric pavilion if:
patient is sent to the ER by his or her pediatrician or pediatric specialist.
patient has a chronic health condition being followed by a children’s hospital.
If your child needs immediate medical help, call 911 or visit a Dignity Health ER for trusted timely pediatric emergency care in Central California .
Your child may receive pediatric emergency care for:
The bodies and minds of children are not the same as developed adults, and require a different approach to treatment. Pediatric ER relies on equipment, procedures, and techniques specifically designed for children and teens. This includes:
In Bakersfield, your child will receive care from a Dignity Health Memorial Hospital pediatric ER doctor on duty at the time of your arrival. If the condition is not life threatening, use our InQuicker tool to select your estimated hospital arrival time, and wait at home until then.