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Patients & Family :: Pre-Surgery Tours

Hello HospitalAt CHOC Children's, we understand that the experience of a child undergoing surgery can be stressful. Through our pre-surgery tours, a child life specialist will introduce future patients and their families to the hospital environment, procedures and equipment with the goal of reducing the child’s anxieties.

Tours last approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the patient's age and developmental level. While parents are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the tour, the information provided is geared towards the child and include:

Learn more about the many services provided by the Child Life Department at CHOC Children's.


Preparing Children for Surgery
Preparing your child for surgery is important. The Child Life Department recommends that you contact them at (714) 509-8473 at least 10 days prior to the scheduled surgery date. A child life specialist will return the call to assess the family’s needs, age and developmental level of patient and than schedule an appropriate date for a tour. When calling the Child Life Office please include the following information so that a specialist can assess the needs more quickly:

Child life specialists help reduce patients' anxiety prior to surgery by:

Prior to surgery, we also recommend reviewing the CHOC Children's Surgery Guide for more information on how to prepare children and siblings of all ages for an upcoming surgery or procedure. Click here.
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