Your Stay at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Your child is a V.I.P. - Very Important Person - to us. While your child
is at Children's Hospital, we will abide by our
Children's Bill of Rights and provide care and service that exceeds your needs and expectations.
We also recommend you
download our mobile app for quick access to hospital news, events, daily cafeteria menus, our
interactive symptom checker and more.
Preparing for Your Visit
Information the hospital will need includes your child's name, address and
health insurance information. Also required are your child's Social Security number and the doctor's
order for the exam. A parent's or guardian's signature is required
for exams and sedation for children under the age of 18. A previous medical
history, a list of allergies and names/dosages of current medications
are also helpful at the time of admission. Obviously, for an emergency
visit, this information is not the first priority, but it will be necessary
at a later time. We also recommend that you fill out a
consent for medical treatment form in case of an emergency.
Interpretation services are available for non-English speaking patient
families and for patient families with hearing impairment.
When preparing to be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay, bring
anything from home that will make the patient comfortable, including stuffed
animals or a favorite toy. All foods and formulas will be provided for
the patient at the hospital.
Remember to pack lightly and leave valuables at home. Here are a few items
that a parent might consider packing for the visit:
For your child:
- Personal items such as toothbrush, hairbrush, etc.
- A change of clothes, including a favorite pair of pajamas
- A favorite movie (all rooms have dvd players)
- A special stuffed animal or blanket or other comfort item
- Anything else that you think would comfort your child during his or her visit
- Personal items and a change of clothes
- Phone numbers and email addresses (to update family on the patient's
- A book or magazine to pass time
- A pillow
- Spare change or small bills (for late night snacks from vending machines)
- A laptop computer, if desired (patient rooms have wireless internet access)