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Refer a Patient

Children’s National Specialists Are Available for Consultations

If you need assistance scheduling a specialty visit or clinical guidance managing the care of one of your patients, please contact us at one of the numbers below. 

  • Physician Access Line. Call 202-476-4880, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Hospital Operators. Call 202-476-5000 Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. Available all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Emergency Department Transfer Center/Direct Admit. Call 202-476-LIFE (5433).
  • Physician Referral Line. Call 202-476-4418.

Contact your physician liaison for more information. Our referral guidelines will help you determine if care from one of our specialists is needed.

Criteria and Common Conditions for Admission

Your evaluation of the patient on the day of the referral will help us understand your patient’s needs. Some common conditions for inpatient referral include:

  •     Failure to thrive
  •     Fever of unknown origin
  •     Failure of outpatient therapy

If you are unsure if a patient needs emergency care or admission, our team will help determine the best treatment plan for your patient. Direct admissions require your practice to obtain pre-authorization by payors. Email our Bear Direct Case Managers if you need assistance.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Admission

If you are referring a patient for psychiatric care, our Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences new patient packets can be filled out by the patient’s parents or guardians with your assistance. The packets should then be returned to Psychiatry via email, mail or fax (please see the packets for more information). If you have additional questions, please call Psychiatry at 202-476-5980.

Share Your Imaging

Health care providers can share patient exams with us on the lifeIMAGE Network.