Emergency and Trauma Center | Tampa General Hospital

As Tampa Bay's first and only Level I Trauma Center, Tampa General Hospital is equipped to care for the most critically ill and injured adult and pediatric patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. TGH has dedicated resources including trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, and other surgical and non-surgical specialists, medical personnel, equipment, and facilities to treat the severely injured. In 2020, TGH had 92,277 total emergency department visits, with 11,595 of those being pediatric Emergency & Trauma Center visits. At the TGH Brandon Emergency Center, there were a total of 31,431 visits, with 5,635 of those being pediatric.

The world-class care we provide to our trauma patients has earned TGH recognition on the World's Best Hospitals 2024 list by Newsweek.

Patients arrive by ambulance, helicopter, and car. Those patients arriving by car should follow signs to the Emergency & Trauma Center where they receive complimentary valet parking.

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When Should You Go To An Emergency Department?

Dr. Jason Wilson explains where to go for emergency care and what to expect when you visit one of Tampa General's three emergency centers located throughout Tampa.
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When Should You Go To Urgent Care?

Dr. Jason Wilson explains when to visit an urgent care facility and highlights services available at TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track locations throughout Tampa Bay.
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Choosing The Right Care At The Right Time

Dr. Jason Wilson explains the differences between emergency care, urgent care, and when/how to use the different facilities effectively.

Emergency and Trauma Center

The TGH Wallace Trauma Center is the region's first and only Level I Trauma Center, providing care for the most critically ill and injured.

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Brandon Emergency Center

24/7, freestanding emergency center located at the TGH Outpatient Center, providing adult and pediatric emergency services.

Visit the Brandon Emergency Center

Kennedy Emergency Center

24/7, freestanding emergency center located on the corner of Kennedy and Willow in South Tampa, providing adult and pediatric emergency services.

Visit the Kennedy Emergency Center

Trauma Services

Adult, pediatric, and specialty trauma services are available at the Wallace Trauma Center. As Tampa Bay's only Level I Trauma Center, TGH is equipped to care for the most critically ill and injured patients with dedicated resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more about what it means to be a Level I Trauma Center.

Emergency Services

Tampa General Hospital provides a comprehensive range of emergency services that cater to the immediate and critical needs of adult and pediatric patients. Our emergency services include specialty centers for stroke and chest pain equipped to treat patients requiring urgent medical attention. 

Adult Emergency Services

From acute injuries and severe illnesses to cardiac events and respiratory distress, our adult emergency services aim to provide timely and comprehensive care to patients. When visiting our emergency department, adult emergency patients are evaluated by a triage nurse in private rooms adjacent to the adult waiting area. A separate waiting area for patients who are too ill to wait with others offers these individuals a bed until a treatment room is available.

A leader in stroke treatment, TGH is the only nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center in Hillsborough County and the first stroke center on Florida’s west coast to receive Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, the highest national designation, from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Additionally, our chest pain center has received accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for achieving a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of heart attack.

Pediatric Emergency Services

Our Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Center is staffed with physicians and nurses equipped to handle a wide range of pediatric emergencies with utmost expertise and sensitivity. From treating childhood injuries and acute illnesses to addressing pediatric-specific conditions such as respiratory distress, allergic reactions, or febrile seizures, our pediatric emergency services prioritize the well-being and safety of children.Muma Children's Hospital at TGH Logo

We understand the importance of creating a child-friendly, comforting environment to ease anxiety and foster trust during distressing situations. Pediatric emergency patients have a dedicated waiting area that gives children a stress-free area to play before being treated in one of 10 available private treatment rooms equipped with restroom facilities and televisions.