Inpatient or Outpatient

Your Guide to Care: Pediatrics | Inpatient or Outpatient?

Depending on the treatment plan, there are several different locations where patients are treated.

McGovern –Davison Children’s Health Center (CHC)
Our clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Children’s Health Center, right next to Duke Hospital on Erwin Road.  In our clinic we have exam rooms, a lab and the Valvano Day Hospital (day treatment room).

Valvano Day Hospital (VDH)
The Valvano Day Hospital is located on the 4th floor of the Children’s Health Center.  The day hospital offers patients the ability to receive treatment on an outpatient basis.  Some of your child’s treatment may take place in this hospital during the day for a few hours.  The day hospital is equipped with comfortable reclining chairs, televisions and game systems to keep your child occupied while treatment is being given.

Duke Children’s Hospital
If your child’s treatment requires inpatient, or overnight stays, they will be admitted to the 5th floor of Duke Hospital which is home to all pediatric inpatient stays.  While in the hospital a nurse will be assigned to your child each day.  In addition, many members of your child’s healthcare team from the Brain Tumor Center will come see your child and are available to help in any way they can.

Whenever possible, your child’s treatment, lab work, and follow-up care may be able to be done in your hometown allowing you and your family to continue to live at home and follow normal routines like school and work.  Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner as to whether this option may be a possibility.

** If your child’s treatment plan involves receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, your family will be given much more information specific to that type of treatment.

This article comes from The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke
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