Planning your visit

At Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital Navicent Health, we know that whether your child is having surgery, a medical procedure, or having a specialist appointment, it can be stressful for parents and extended family. Here are a few tips to help make you and your child’s stay comfortable.

Overnight and extended stays

When you arrive at the unit, you and your child will be welcomed and escorted to your room where we will answer your questions. To help with registration when you arrive, please bring the following information with you:

  • Insurance and Medical Assistance information
  • The name and phone number of your family physician and others involved in your child’s care

What to bring

Bring some of the comforts of home for you and your child to the hospital to help ease the transition for your child. There are some items you are welcome to bring, but others that we ask you to leave at home.

You can bring:

  • Bathrobe/pajamas/slippers
  • Toiletries (each unit can provide if you prefer not to bring your own)
  • Favorite toy, blanket or other comfort item
  • Books, DVDs
  • Magazines (for older children and teenagers), and schoolwork, if appropriate
  • CD player/radio (battery mode only)
  • Cell phone charger (not to be plugged into outlets at the head of the patient’s bed)
  • Laptop computers
  • Portable DVD player
  • Hair dryers (must have GFCI box on cord with test/reset buttons)
  • Please label all personal items

Sleeping Arrangements

One parent or guardian is invited to stay overnight at the bedside. Sleep chairs are available for your comfort. If you’re traveling to Children’s Hospital from a distance and you or a family member needs a place to stay, you have many options available. We’ve provided information about many of the available options from our Public Relations office, 478-633-1353.

You may use the bathroom shower. If your child’s room does not have a shower, your child’s nurse can direct you to a shower near the unit.