As a parent, you have a vital role in preparing your child for surgery at Children’s Health℠. Our pediatric specialists and family-friendly environment will help make your child's surgery day as comfortable as possible.
Your doctor may be sending you to Children's Health for only the day (even if your child is having surgery). You'll still have access to all our special services and care, and here are a few extra tips:
If your child is having day surgery, you will be scheduled for a pre-surgical assessment appointment. At that time, you will get important information about preparing for surgery, such as limiting food and drink in the hours before surgery. Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have questions, please call your doctor or the Children's Health pre-surgical assessment nursing staff at 214-456-5454.
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 is also 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.
Child life specialists at Children's Health suggest you prepare your child for his stay by considering these ideas: