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Pre-Surgical Tour

We encourage families to visit the hospital for a pre-surgical tour so children and caregivers can familiarize themselves with the process. The tours, which take place every Sunday at 2 p.m., end with refreshments and a question-and-answer period.

There is also an our pre-surgical tour video in language that is easy for kids to understand.

On the tour you and your child will:

  • Tour the Surgery Preparation and Recovery Center
  • Learn what to expect on the day of surgery
  • Learn about anesthesia

Register for a pre-surgical tour

Please NOTE: The Pre-Surgical Tour will NOT be held on the following dates: Sunday, May 27; Sunday, July 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. Please plan to attend a different tour day that works best near your scheduled surgical date.

Registration is required to attend a pre-surgical tour. It is recommended that you attend the tour the Sunday before your child's surgery. Please fill out the form completelyIf you arrive later than 15 minutes after the tour start time, we cannot guarantee that we can provide you with a tour.

  • Tours: Every Sunday at 2 p.m. Please arrive at 1:45 p.m.
  • Length of tour: 1- 1.5 hours
  • Where: Sign in at Information Desk in the Costco Wholesale Atrium.
    Children's National Medical Center
    Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Medicine
    111 Michigan Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20010
  • More information: (202) 476-3812

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