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Visiting & Staying

Visitor Notices

Flu screening. Visitors to inpatient areas will be screened for flu at our Welcome Desk to protect our patients. Learn more about this screening

Shuttle service. All shuttles (except Brookland) pick up and drop off passengers at the East Wing Emergency Department entrance. The Brookland Metro shuttle bus route picks up and drops off at the ramps and canopies at the end of the East Wing hallway near the Emergency Department.

Parking garage renovations. We're upgrading and modernizing our main campus parking garage. Please allow extra time when arriving for your appointment. Learn more about our garage improvements. 

Helpful Links and Resources
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At Children’s National, we strive to make you and your child’s visit or extended stay both safe and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting our main hospital in Washington, DC, or one of our outpatient centers throughout the region, it can be stressful and you may have questions before your visit, or even during your child’s appointment or extended stay.

  • Visiting an outpatient center or primary care practice? Search by location for directions, hours of operation, contact information, amenities, and services
  • Learn what support services and amenities Children’s National offers for patients and families, including a discount rate for inpatient families to use the fitness center at nearby Trinity University
  • Watch the videos featured in our “Visiting” playlist to better understand how we serve our patients and families
  • Learn more about our unique Healing Garden, a relaxing outdoor space for children and their families to connect with nature

Visiting Guidelines & Hours

Parents, guardians, and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Children’s National has guidelines for visitors that help us maintain a safe and calm environment for high-quality care.

Transportation & Parking

Our main campus is easily accessible if you are driving or taking public transportation, and has onsite parking for families.

physicians talking in hospital

Emergency Department

Children’s National has two emergency rooms, one at our main hospital and one at United Medical Center, to meet the needs of our patients.

Spending the Night

At Children’s National Health System, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us.

Places to Stay

We have a team of staff members ready to help you make arrangements for your stay nearby while your child receives care. From hotels to corporate apartments, there are a variety of accommodations available for your family. 
Patient Family Rights

Patient Family Rights

Learn about our privacy commitment, patient rights, and who to contact if you have concerns.

Snacks, Children's pediatric Food Allergy program diagnoses children with food allergies to peanuts, milk, wheat gluten.

Food and Drink Amenities

Learn about our retail food operations, dining cards, coffee bars, vending machines and kosher pantry at Children's National. 

parents and surgeon talk in a waiting room

Having Surgery: What to Expect

When preparing for your child’s surgery, it is important that you understand the process and feel comfortable with our facility. View our resources to help prepare you and your child before, during and after surgery.

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Kids being treated at Children's National have a way to enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring views of the nation's capital at our Healing Garden.

Preparing for an Overnight Stay

Patient at hospital.

Learn about our family-friendly amenities, such as in-room entertainment, language and dining services.

Read our overnight guide


MyBearGuide Mobile App

MyBearGuide gives visitors essential information on navigating through the hospital along with ER wait times.

Learn more

My Dining Patient Menu

My Dining Patient Menu

Order your meals when you are ready to eat!

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