If you are the patient:
For ambulatory (same-day) surgery, a medical procedure, or for a longer stay we advise you to:
If your child is the patient:
- Wear loose fitting clothes.
- Bring your eyeglasses, hearing aid, or other assistive device if it will make you feel more comfortable. You will be asked to remove your contact lenses prior to your surgery.
- Bring toiletries if you will be staying overnight.
Hospitals can intimidate children (and their parents). It is normal for children (and sometimes adults) to be afraid and anxious. The following may help make your child's hospital stay less stressful:
Things to bring:
ASK: We encourage you and your child to ask questions at any time.
LISTEN and TALK: Listen to your child. Give your child permission to ask questions, to cry, and to talk about feelings. Let your child know it is okay to be afraid and to say something hurts. Share your feelings too. Keep your child and family members up to date about what is happening. Information helps create peace of mind. A member of the PMC healthcare team is always nearby to help.
- Toys, games, books, audio or videotapes and photographs.
- A favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
- Glasses, hearing aids, crutches, braces, corrective shoes or other orthopedic aids.
- A list of medications your child is taking.
- Schoolwork, if appropriate.