Surgery at CHOC :: Visitor Information
At CHOC Children’s, we are dedicated to providing our patients and their families with compassionate care that focuses on our patients’ needs both medically and emotionally. Patients’ families, friends and immediate caregivers can be a source of strength and comfort while preparing for and recovering from surgery. Although family members and friends have the very best of intentions when visiting a patient in the hospital, too many visitors can be overwhelming for patients. Out of our years of experience working with patients and their families, we have established the following visitor guidelines for our patients undergoing surgery at CHOC.
We kindly ask that families make alternate care plans for other children the day of surgery for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the child who is having surgery will require his or her parents’ or guardians’ full attention. The patient may need to be comforted during preoperative procedures and while recovering after surgery. Caregivers need to be able to give doctors and nurses their full attention, as they will be learning a lot of information about the surgery and how to care for the child once at home. In addition, our rooms have limited space and there are several areas where children are not allowed for safety reasons.
If there is anyone who is not legally allowed to visit the patient while he or she is in the hospital, please make sure to bring supporting documentation so we may make appropriate accommodations. Nonparental legal guardians must bring supporting legal documentation with them the day of surgery. Please contact our social services department at (714) 516-4380 with any questions about necessary documentation.