Preparing For Your Hospital Visit
Getting yourself ready before your visit to the hospital
Being in the hospital and having medical procedures can be very stressful and sometimes painful. Preparing yourself ahead of time for the things you may experience during a visit to Hurley Medical Center will reduce much of your anxiety. Getting honest, accurate information from your parents or your doctors will help make your stay in the hospital much less scary.
Tips to help you before an appointment
The more you know in advance about what to expect, the more comfortable you will be. Once you hear information about what is going to happen to you in the hospital, ask questions. Feel free to discuss your feelings with your parents.
Child Life Services
The goal of Child Life Services is to help make a medical experience easier on you and your family. Hurley's Child Life Services has been providing loving emotional support for our pediatric patients from birth to young adulthood for over 35 years. By talking to and playing with our young patients, Child Life workers discover their likes/dislikes, their interests, their fears, and ways that might help them with their medical experience. To learn more about Hurley's Child Life Services, click here.
Preparing yourself for surgery is essential. To help reduce the fear of the unknown, Child Life specialists will take you and your parents on a tour of the surgical area before the scheduled procedure. Pre-surgical tours may include a virtual or actual tour of the surgical area, and can be scheduled by contacting the Child Life office at (810) 262-9577. Tours are recommended if you are between the ages 3 and 17 and are best scheduled within a week of your surgery date. The Child Life Specialist Team can also offer recommendations for how to prepare yourself for surgery if a hospital tour is not possible.
If you are 10 and older, have we got news for you! You have your own special place - an Xbox 360 Game Room - on the 2nd floor of Hurley Medical Center's pediatric unit! Here, you can forget the many tests and procedures you have to go through, and just play on the Xbox. In this magical room, you can have fun and just be a kid. For more information about Hurley's Xbox Room, click here.