Outpatient Visits

Whether your child is coming to Children’s Hospital for a CT, an EEG, or blood work, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to help making being here a positive and pleasant experience for you and your child.

Checking-In

Your child’s doctor will tell you on what day and time your child is scheduled for his or her outpatient visit or procedure. Please discuss with your child’s doctor any special steps that must be taken before admission (i.e. blood work, medications, etc.). You will also want to clarify with your child’s doctor at which Children’s Hospital facility your child will be having his or her procedure (Children’s Hospital at GHS Memorial Medical Center or Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center at Patewood).

To begin the admission process, you will first go to the Business Office. The Business Office will ask for information about you and your child such as name, address, birthday, social security number and possible health insurance coverage. If you have any identification cards or health insurance cards, be sure to bring those with you to your outpatient visit. You will also be asked to sign forms that permit the medical center to perform tests and provide treatment. At this time, you will also receive information about insurance coverage and the billing process.

Checklist for Your Child’s Visit

The following list will help you remember items and information to bring with you to your child’s outpatient visit.

  • Doctor’s or specialists name
  • Location of appointment and telephone contact number
  • Name and telephone number of referring physician
  • Referrals and authorizations from your child’s primary care doctor’s office
  • Insurance cards
  • Your child’s social security number (for insurance)
  • Co-payment for your insurance, if applicable
  • A list of all medications your child is currently taking (including supplements and over-the-counter medications)
  • Any forms you were asked to bring with you
  • A list of questions you may have for your child’s doctor
  • Books, games, snacks, formula, diapers, change of clothes, as appropriate

Preparing Your Child

To help you and your child adequately prepare for your visit to the hospital or clinic, see our guidelines for preparing your child (highlighted link to prep section).
Going Home

The medical team will help you understand your child’s care at home after his or her outpatient visit, such as medications your child may need or whether to limit your child’s activity level. Please ask your nurse or physician if you have any questions about your child’s care after his or her outpatient visit.