When you reach the hospital, you and your parents will visit a
place called Admitting. This area is designed to handle all of the paperwork that a
hospital needs. This will be a boring time for you but it will not take too long.
Admitting will have one or more desk areas where the hospital staff
will ask you questions about your insurance and any special medical conditions you might
have ~ like allergies. This information will help the doctors and nurses give you
the best care possible.
Once all of the forms have been filled out and your parent's insurance cards have been
copied, you will get your identification bracelet. This bracelet tells your name and
useful information like your blood type and allergies. This is usually white,
plastic, and it stays on your wrist the whole time you are in the hospital. This
shows the nurse who you are even if you are sleeping. This is important if you need
medicine. They compare the name on your bracelet with the order for medicine so that
they do not give you someone else's stuff.
You and your parents will then go to the Pediatrics wing. This wing is only for
children and is a cheerful, friendly place to be. Different hospitals have different
procedures, but some take you to Pediatrics in a wheelchair. This might be your
first opportunity to get that wheelchair ride you have always dreamed about!
Go to Pediatrics [Children's Wing]