Before Surgery

Before Surgery

On the day of surgery

Bring your child's medicine to the hospital. The doctor taking care of your child may want to give a dose prior to surgery.

Important things to pack

ATM card or cash

The cafeteria takes cash, debit cards and credit cards. An ATM is located on the first floor in the main lobby. Moms with a hospitalized, breastfed baby will receive meals to their room at no charge.


Driscoll Children's Hospital provides gowns and footwear. Keep in mind your child may feel better in his/her own clothes, including comfortable day clothes like sweat pants, large t-shirts, socks and underwear, and night clothes like pajamas, a robe and slippers.

Play and comfort items

A favorite blanket, toy, book, video or music (with headphones) will help soothe your child. Consider bringing pictures of family, friends and pets.

Baby needs

We provide diapers, bottles and formula. Bring a pacifier if your baby uses one or any special types of bottles, nipples or sippy cups.

Car seat, booster or seat belt

Please remember to use a car seat, booster seat or seat belt (depending on your child's age and weight) when transporting your child.