What to Bring

A doctor's appointment or a hospital visit with an ill or injured child can sometimes be overwhelming, and some anxiety is natural. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your visit:

  • Write down your questions and concerns before you come.
  • Bring the name and telephone number of your child's pediatrician and the specialist who referred you, if appropriate
  • Bring a list of the medicines your child is taking, including the names and the doses, along with any recent medical reports or documents.
  • Be sure to have documentation for registration, including a government-issued photo ID for parent/guardian, insurance cards, Social Security numbers for the patient and parents/guardian(s), the name, address and phone number of the doctor you'd like to receive medical information about your appointment or visit.
  • Bring another adult with you as an extra set of ears for hearing, remembering and/or writing down new medical information.
  • Arrive early to ensure enough time for parking and checking in.
  • Be prepared in case of delay. Bring your child's favorite book or quiet toy to help make the time go by more quickly if the doctor or service you have come for is experiencing an unexpected emergency.
  • Make the most of your child's appointment by asking questions about your concerns, follow-up instructions and/or any documentation that you need for other physicians caring for your child or for school.
  • After the appointment, take a few moments to make notes about the visit, including other questions you have, phone numbers to call and the time and date of any follow-up appointments.

Overnight Visits & Admissions

Be sure to review Amenities & Services for more information about what to expect and what's available on and near campus.

What to Bring

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital provides diapers for infants and toiletries, hospital gowns, pajama bottoms and slipper socks for older children. Personal items help children feel more comfortable in the hospital, and activities your child enjoys may help pass the time. Here are some suggestions about what to bring if your child is admitted to the hospital overnight:

For your Child
  • A security item, such as a book, toy or blanket
  • Special photo or photo album
  • Favorite nightgown, pajamas or robe
  • Slippers or shoes
  • Comfortable daytime clothing
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, hearing aids or other corrective devices
  • School work, books and/or magazines
  • Music and DVDs with headphones

Be sure all personal items are labeled with your child's name.

For Parents
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Medicines you take regularly
  • Change for vending machines
  • Books, magazines, music, laptop computer, knitting
  • Notebook or journal for writing notes and questions
  • Phone with charger
Please Leave at Home
  • Your child's medications, unless specifically requested
  • Other children, if possible; your child needs your undivided attention
  • Electrical appliances, such as hair dryers and curling irons
  • Valuables or large amounts of money
  • Remote-controlled or friction-powered toys