If you're spending the night (inpatient)
We encourage parents to stay with their children while they are hospitalized. Each patient room has accommodations for one parent to stay, including a chair or sofa that converts into a single bed. A private bath also is in each room. Food is available in our cafeteria, and you also may purchase a tray for yourself to be delivered with your child's meal.
For other family members, we recommend nearby hotels. Our Social Services department offers a reservation service known as "Suite Dreams" to help families with medical needs receive discounted rates at local hotels. For Suite Dreams assistance, call 1-800-955-ROOM. The Social Services department also can make referrals to the Ronald McDonald House for families of patients.
What to bring
- Your child's robe and slippers and favorite stuffed animal or toy (A favorite stuffed toy can serve as a "security blanket" and accompany your child into surgery, the recovery room or the intensive care unit)
- Extra clothing for you and your child
- Insurance information
- Important documents such as X-rays or other pertinent medical records
- Your child's immunization record
- List of all medications your child is taking (including prescription, over the counter and herbal)
- Photo ID of the parent or legal guardian escorting the child
- Any medications or other items parents will need while away from home
To keep campus safe and secure, some entrances will be locked after visiting hours. Parents and legal guardians may still enter through three areas on the Dallas campus:
The Tower D Lobby, which can be accessed from Green Park and the main valet entrance
The Blue Park Skybridge entrance
The Emergency Department entrance
If families, friends or guests plan to visit during regular visiting hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., more information can be found here.