What to Bring to the Hospital

Arriving prepared can make things go smoothly for you and your child on the day of your procedure or surgery. Some things you may need are listed below. Don’t forget items that will help you and your child feel relaxed and comfortable during your stay. In order to decrease the risk of spreading illnesses, please try to arrange childcare for siblings.

What to bring: Checklist for parents

  • □  Valid photo identification, such as your driver’s license, California ID, or passport.
  • □  If your child is 18 or older, bring a valid photo identification for him or her.
  • □  Insurance, pharmacy, and Health Savings Account (HSA) card(s) for you and your child.
  • □  List of your child’s medications, including doses, both prescribed and over-the-counter.
  • □  Any orders or paperwork you may have received from a health care provider.
  • □  Your list of questions about the procedure or surgery.
  • □  Home medications for before or after the procedure.
  • □  If you would like to authorize a family member or friend to bring your child to their appointment, please complete this form and have it available at the appointment (authorization form in English / authorization form in Spanish).

What to bring: Checklist for children

  • □  If your child is an infant, please bring formula or breast milk in a cooler for after surgery.
  • □  A book or toy to play with.
  • □  A music or game player and headphones.
  • □  A favorite pillow, blanket, or stuffed animal.

Learn more or print our helpful guidelines for your next procedure or surgery.