COVID-19 Update:Learn where you can get your child vaccinated, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.
Visitor Update:Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our visitor policy to ensure the safety of patients, families and staff.
Preparing for Your Visit
Attention: Visitors to the Main Hospital
Garage improvements are underway at our main hospital, so please plan extra time for parking and exiting. Please be alert to changes in the flow of traffic and pedestrians to help us keep everyone safe.
At Children’s National Hospital, we strive to make your family’s visit or extended stay both safe and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting our main hospital in Washington, D.C., or one of our specialty care locations throughout the region, you may have questions before, during or after your child’s visit.
We’re here to answer your questions and provide you with useful information about getting here, what you need to bring and what you should know about our facilities.
To protect our patients, families and staff, advance coronavirus testing is required for all patients scheduled for a procedure. Testing allows us to identify children infected with coronavirus so that we can either postpone the procedure or take extra precautions to provide care for them in the safest way possible.
Pre-procedural coronavirus testing will be arranged by appointment only. If your child is scheduled to have a procedure at any Children’s National location, you will be contacted by surgical schedulers to arrange the testing. Directions to testing sites and other information will be provided.
Please read our COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Visitation Policy, as we have adjusted it to ensure the safety of patients, families and staff. While the decision to restrict our visitation policy was difficult, we thank you for helping us keep our community safe.
Learn how to navigate transportation and parking, find our locations and discover other essential information as you prepare for your child's visit at Children's National.
We understand keeping up with your child’s medical needs can be challenging, so we have provided information to help you prepare for your child’s first appointment.
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.
We understand that you may be unsure about what to tell your child about surgery. Here are some age-appropriate guidelines from our Child Life Specialists to help prepare both you and your child.
Learn about the emergency departments that serve Children’s National Hospital patients and their families.
We are connecting families to convenient, quality care using secure technology. Learn how you can engage virtually with your child’s care team.
We provide access to leading pediatric specialists in your community. Patients are often referred to us by primary care physicians when your child needs specialty care or a second opinion.