Preparing For Your Child's Hospital Appointment
To make the most of your child’s visit to Hurley Medical Center, here are some helpful tips:
Write down questions before you come
Write down any questions you or your child may have before your visit. If your child is anxious about coming to the hospital, consider visiting Hurley before the appointment.
Gather your child’s medical information
As an active partner in your child's health care, you have a very important role. Bring a list of the medicines your child is taking, including names and doses. If your child has many health needs, you want to make a medical history notebook, including evaluations from doctors and your child's school.
Bring someone with you
At your child’s appointment, you may hear a lot of new medical information so it might be helpful to have someone with you. If you can't bring someone with you, many of our clinics have Hurley staff who can help you, such as Child Life specialists, social workers and volunteers. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.
Build in an extra 45 minutes of travel time. Traffic and parking often take longer than you expect. Also, allow 10 to 15 minutes for the check-in process.
Be prepared for an unexpected delay
If it is a very busy day or there is an unexpected emergency, you may have to wait to see your child’s doctor. Bring a favorite book (for you and your child) or some drawing paper to help make the time go by more quickly. Even if there is a delay, your child will still get outstanding personal medical care.
Make the most of your child's appointment
Ask questions while meeting with your child's doctor. Also, remember to ask for any instructions from the doctor or special paperwork you may need for your child’s school or pediatrician.
After the appointment
After your child’s appointment, take a few moments to write down what just happened during the visit. Also write down any other questions you have and important phone numbers to call, such as the clinic's nursing number, prescription refill number and appointment number. When possible, make your child's follow-up appointment before you leave the doctor’s office and write down the new appointment date.