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Preparing for Your Visit

Whether your child is coming to Children’s National for a routine checkup or a complex procedure, being informed prior to your visit will help you know what to expect, and allow us to provide the quality of care that you and your child deserve.

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Transportation and Parking

We want your trip to our hospital to be easy to navigate, whether by car or public transportation. Here are tips for traveling to and/or parking at our main hospital campus.

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Your First Visit

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.

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Autism Visual Resources

Find the resources you need to help prepare your child with developmental disabilities to receive medical care.

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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.

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Insurance and Billing

When you have a sick child, navigating finances can be difficult. Learn about your payment options, the billing process, accepted health plans, medical records and financial assistance.

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Talking to Your Child About Hospitalization

The hospitalization of your child can be tough on the whole family. Communicating with your child honestly and openly will help to reduce their worries. Read our tips to help facilitate this conversation.

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Hospital Tours

Discover the virtual and in-person tours that we have to help prepare children and families for their journey.

Your Child's Surgery

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View our guide to prepare for your child's surgery.

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Hospital Tours

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Children’s National encourages parents and families to tour our hospital, especially if your child will be staying long-term.

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