Children’s Emergency

700 William Ave.

The HSC Children’s Emergency Department sees patients 16 years old and younger.

For serious and life-threatening health issues, call 911 for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency department.

HSC Winnipeg provides emergency and specialized care, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, go to 700 William Avenue, and report to the Triage Desk.

Save yourself a trip – and a potentially long wait – by seeking the right care provider for your child. Mild cold and flu symptoms may be assessed by a primary care provider or clinic instead of an emergency department.

Learn more about where to take a sick child in our KidCare portal.

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Health Links – Info Santé

204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257

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#KnowWhereToGo for children’s cold and flu symptoms

While HSC Winnipeg’s Children’s Emergency Department specializes in pediatric medicine, parents and caregivers with children in need of urgent medical attention can visit any Winnipeg emergency department, urgent care centre, or call 911 any time.  

HSC Children’s Emergency often sees a large number of patients with mild respiratory symptoms that could be treated by a primary care provider or in a Walk-in Connected Care Clinic.

Save yourself a trip – and a potentially long wait – by knowing where to go for the right care for your child. Other than seeking medical care, it’s important that children stay home when they’re sick to avoid spreading viruses.

Health Links – Info Santé204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257

This free service is available 24/7 with nurses who can assess and provide advice on where to go.

Your primary care provider (family physicians, nurse practitioner) or home clinic can provide you with advice and often, a same-day/next-day appointment.

Doctor/Clinic/Primary Care – Weekdays

During respiratory virus season, your child may experience common cold/flu symptoms. As long as symptoms are not emergent or urgent, they may be assessed by a primary care provider or clinic.

Mild symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Belly pain

After Hours and Weekends – Winnipeg
  • McGregor Walk-in Connected Care Clinic- 363 McGregor Street
    • 204-940-1963 – call ahead to confirm hours or check wait times
      • Monday – Friday: Noon – 7:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Access Fort Gary Walk-in Connected Care Clinic- 135 Plaza Drive
    • 204-940-7100 – call ahead to confirm hours or check wait times
      • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Emergency Department / 911 – 24 hours a day/7 days a week                 

Call 911 or go to your closest Emergency Department if your child has any of the following symptoms:                                   

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Periods of holding breath/not breathing/slowed breathing
  • Increased breathing (more than 60 breaths per minute)
  • Excessively tired or difficult to wake up
  • Sudden confusion
  • Change in colour of nail beds, hands, lips, or face
  • Inconsolable infants – crying that won’t stop or is painful sounding
  • Not peeing
  • Poor feeding – refusing or unable to eat or drink
  • Infant younger than 3 months with a fever, or anyone with a fever that does not come down with medication

Children’s Mental Health

What to expect when your child visits HSC Children’s Hospital emergency department with a mental health concern?

How long do we have to wait?

The wait for a mental health assessment can sometimes be lengthy but the staff will do all they can to make this wait as comfortable as possible.

What happens after triage?

Once your child has been triaged, the nurse will direct you to the waiting room or a patient care room in the Emergency Department.

Another nurse will complete an assessment of your child and this will be followed by an assessment by an Emergency Department doctor.

You and your child will both be interviewed separately. The nurse and doctor will work with you and your child to develop a plan of care that addresses your concerns and keeps your child safe. Your child may be asked to surrender any items that could be used for self-harm.

Will my child be seen by a Psychiatrist if I bring them to Children’s Emergency?

A consultation with Psychiatry will be done only if it is determined by the Emergency Department doctor to be appropriate and helpful for your child at that time.

Do I have to stay with my child the entire time we are in the Emergency Department?

Yes, it is necessary for a caregiver to remain with the child at all times while in the Emergency Department. If you require a short break (ie: bathroom), please contact a staff member and if possible (given our staff availability) we will stay with your child while you have a short break.

If your child needs to use the bathroom please walk with them to the room and check on them a minimum of every 5 minutes while they are in there.

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