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Preparing for Your Visit

Whether you will be with us for the day or overnight for surgery or health care treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to ask questions of your physician and our staff to help you prepare for your health care service visit.

What to Bring

  • Blanket or quilt
  • Books
  • Favorite pillow
  • Games, toys*
  • Nightlight*
  • Sleepwear
  • Snacks (if you do not have dietary restrictions)
  • Toothbrush and comb
  • Warm socks or slippers

Please bring anything else that will make you feel comfortable while you are experiencing health care services with us. If you have any questions about what you may bring, please ask your nurse or medical caregiver.

*Electrical devices must be approved by our Facilities Department for safety.

Surgical Preparation Checklist

Below is a brief list of what must be accomplished prior to your surgery. More detailed information will be given, as needed, before and during your admission. Every effort will be made by our team of medical professionals to make this stressful time as pleasant as possible.

  • Meet with the surgeon to discuss the health care procedure.
  • Schedule surgery and preadmission testing and hospital admission.
  • Arrange for directed-donor blood donations (if desired).

Please follow your physician's surgical guidelines.

Preparing Your Child for a Stay at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Families who would like a closer look at the health care facilities beforehand can schedule a Teddy Bear Tour through our Child Life Department. Visiting the hospital in advance and seeing equipment up close will expose your child to the hospital environment so he or she is not as fearful when it's time to come in for treatment. Please call Child Life at (954) 265-4498 to schedule a tour. You can also help your child prepare with our child-friendly  Pre-Op Q&A.


Is Your Doctor a Memorial Doctor?
To find a physician who is committed to South Florida healthcare services, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.