What You Expect When You Arrive

Happy child in hospital

For any family, finding out a child needs to visit a hospital can be nerve-racking. We want your experience to be as smooth as possible. Before your visit, you and your family are welcome to schedule a tour to see and explore our hospital prior to the day of your child's procedure. On the day of your child's procedure you can expect that the people caring for your child will be wearing a name tag and introduce themselves and explain their roles in your child's care.

In addition to a hospital gown, each child will be given an identification band with his/her name and birthday.

A nurse will check the patient's vital signs, including:

  • blood pressure
  • temperature
  • weight
  • height
  • pulse oximeter

The child and family will be taken to the holding room on the second floor. Each patient is allowed to have two family members in the holding room, where they will meet the nurse, surgeon, and anesthesiologist.

Once the child is taken to surgery, the family will be escorted to the waiting room.

After surgery, the patient will be taken to the recovery room to wake up. Recovery room nurses will continue to monitor the child.

The surgeon will come speak to the family in the waiting room after surgery.