What should I bring to the hospital?

When you bring your child to the hospital, please bring any paperwork or information the doctor has given you or advised you to provide. Copies of documents will be placed in your child’s medical record. Please remember to bring with you at the time of registration:

  • Social Security Card for you and your child
  • All active insurance cards
  • Your photo ID
  • Advanced directives, if applicable

All information we obtain from you and your child during hospitalization will be held in strict confidence.

Additionally, please bring clothing and personal items that will make your child comfortable including pajamas, bathrobe, slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste. Valuables should be left at home. Children are encouraged to bring security items such as a favorite blanket or toy.

A downloadable checklist of things to bring is available from the visitors guide for parents and family.

Medical City Children’s Hospital Pre-Check-In Checklist

Additional information that’s specific to Medical City Children’s Hospital is available in this brief, downloadable document. See at a glance what kinds of things you should pack for your child, as well as what kinds of documentation you should bring with you to admissions.

Download the Medical City Children’s Hospital Pre-Check-In Checklist (PDF)

Should I bring medications from home?

Please do not bring medications your child takes at home to the hospital unless your physician instructs you to do so. However, you should bring a complete list of medications taken at home, including their dosage and frequency. Any medications brought from home will be stored and administered by the nursing staff.

What happens during registration?

During the registration process, you may be asked to provide health and medical information about your child and yourself, as well as financial information. We will ask you to sign appropriate consent and release forms that authorize hospital personnel to provide your child with services ordered by his or her physician. You may also need to sign an authorization to bill your insurance company.

The admissions staff will also issue your child an identification band to wear on his arms. To help ensure proper treatments and medications, children must wear the identification band throughout their hospital stays. Please urge your child to not remove the band.