Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Should I bring my child to the hospital now?

We’re ready to care for your kids. Learn more about the extra precautions we’ve put in place to help keep your family healthy.

Ready. Set. Go.

The world halted for coronavirus, but our kids are unstoppable. They keep on growing, learning, playing and you’re there for them, every step of the way. And we’re here to help.

Your child’s health is our priority, and you can especially count on that in times of uncertainty. They may need vaccinations, school physicals, specialized care for a medical need and, at times, emergency care. No matter the situation, you can depend on us to provide expert care for your kids.

During your visits, you’ll see extra precautions including:

COVID-19 screening for all patients, visitors and staff

Masks on everyone age 3 and older, including all staff and visitors

Providers wearing extra personal protective equipment

Surfaces cleaned and disinfected frequently, following national infection prevention standards

Limited capacity on elevators

Reduced wait times or direct admission to a patient room 

Signs and reminders about physical distancing

Hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital

Give Us A Call

Our team is standing by to help answer your questions about bringing your child here for care, and precautions we have in place. Call us at 1-800-200-3907 to learn more about our patient process during this time.

Call 1-800-200-3907

Find a Specialist

Explore our list of services to learn more about what our specialists provide. Each service has a phone number you can call to make an appointment or get more information from the team.

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What can I expect when I bring my child for an appointment?

  • When you arrive, you and your child will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. All our staff members are also screened daily.
  • Well children are treated away from sick children, and patients who have or are suspected to have COVID-19 are also treated in separate areas, away from others.
  • If your child is to be admitted to the hospital, he or she will be tested for COVID-19 as part of admission. Patients scheduled for non-emergent surgeries are also tested ahead of time.
  • Patients are limited to one adult guardian, so you’ll encounter fewer people during your visit.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask while here. That includes all children 3 years and older, parents and guardians, all staff members and any other visitors. 
  • You’ll see posters and other signs to remind you to practice social and physical distancing while you’re here.
  • Seating in waiting areas has been moved or limited so that everyone can follow social and physical distancing guidelines.
  • You can expect reduced wait times, and when possible, you’ll be taken directly to an exam room.
  • Capacity on elevators is also limited, with designated places to stand, so you can safely get to where you need to go.
  • You’ll also find more hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our facilities.
  • In addition to wearing masks, any providers who are caring for your child will be wearing additional personal protective equipment, like face shields. 
  • Surfaces are cleaned frequently to our infection prevention standards, and all exam rooms and areas are cleaned thoroughly after each patient.

What kinds of services are available for my child?

When your child needs care, you may have a few different options, depending on his or her needs. Our team includes physicians and advanced practice providers in more than 50 specialties, all with the experience and pediatric knowledge to address children’s unique health care needs.

Review our list of services to learn more about our programs and providers.

Outpatient Care Centers

Your child may often be able to get the care he or she needs closer to home by visiting one of our Outpatient Care Centers. Many of our specialists – like our cardiologists, oncologists, radiologists, therapists, and many more – see patients in these locations. Explore the services at our Outpatient Care locations.

Main Hospital

Children may need in-patient care in the hospital for a variety of reasons. While you’re here, whatever your child’s medical needs may be, your child and your family are at the center of everything we do. You’re encouraged to ask questions, and while we’re limiting patients to one adult guardian during the time that COVID-19 is prominent in Florida for our patients’ well-being, each patient’s guardian is able to stay with him or her 24 hours a day. Learn more about the services our specialists provide.

Emergency Center

If your child needs care in an emergency, call 9-1-1 or come directly to our Emergency Center, which is located at our main hospital in St. Petersburg. The Emergency Center is staffed 24 hours a day by a team specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine.


Telemedicine may be a good option in some screening or follow-up situations when your child’s doctor feels it’s appropriate. Some visits, whether it’s for a vaccine or an appointment with certain specialists, require an in-person visit. Give your child’s doctor a call. The team can help answer your questions, and the provider can determine if telemedicine is a good option.

Helping you find the right care

When your child needs care, we’re here to help. Here are some ways to learn more about our services and contact us:

Explore our list of services
Search our Physician Directory
Request an appointment online
Give us a call at 727-898-7451