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Preparing for Your Visit

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 outpatient centers 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.

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Traveling to Children's

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.

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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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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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Talking to Your Child About Hospitalization

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.

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

Emergency Visits

Learn about the emergency departments that serve Children’s National Hospital patients and their families.