Whether you are visiting for a brief appointment, a day of testing, an extended stay or simply to offer your support as a visitor, we know you may have questions. We’ve prepared answers to many frequently asked questions in order to make planning your visit easier.
- Provide your nurse with your contact information including mobile phone number.
- Make sure you sign all consent forms.
- Notify your insurance company of your child’s admission.
- Prior to your visit, write down any questions you may have that you wish to discuss with the nurse or doctor.
- Have your questions ready when you see your doctor.
- Make sure you understand the answers you are given, and write them down.
Participate in Your Child’s Care
- Tell your nurses about your child’s likes and dislikes (e.g., food preferences).
- Ask the nurses what you can do to help your child.
Be With Your Child
- Talk to your nurses about staying overnight.
- Ask family and friends to help take care of things at home so you can be with your child in the hospital.
Let Your Children Know What is Happening
- Tell your child ahead of time about tests and treatments. Remember, your child looks to you for honesty and reassurance.
- Tell your child’s siblings what is happening. Let them visit and encourage them to talk about their feelings.
- Please check with your nurse about specific sleeping arrangements for the unit.
- For the ICU and critical care areas, you may be able to stay overnight at the nearby Ronald McDonald House .