Hospital Admissions

Your Guide to Care: Pediatrics | Hospital Admissions

Please refer to the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center website for additional information.

Pediatric patients at Duke Hospital receive care in specialized pediatric settings, including the Children’s Health Center, for outpatients and the Duke Children’s Hospital for in-patients, which is located on the 5th floor of Duke Hospital.  Should your child require a hospital admission at Duke, it will likely be to the 5th floor. Located there are the general units of 5100, 5300, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. A parent is not only welcome to stay but expected to, in order to ensure the most comfort and best care for your child. 

If your child in admitted to 5100 or 5300, the rooms are private, with a recliner available for one parent to sleep on.  While a second parent may stay overnight, there are no accommodations for sleep. There are small refrigerators in each room, and a microwave available on the floor to heat meals. Food for family members and visitors can be purchased at the cafeteria, or food court. A washer/dryer is available on 5300 for use by any pediatric family.

Playrooms are available for patients. Siblings may join them when accompanied by an adult.  These are directed by Child Life Specialists.

Discounted parking passes are available for purchase at the gift shop, for families of inpatients only. There is no expiration date.

What to Bring: Avoid bringing valuables or large amounts of cash. Do bring your child’s comfort items, such as favorite blanket, stuffed animal or video. Patient’s needs are met, but parents may want to bring personal toiletry items and hair dryer if needed. The gift shop will carry basic necessities.

Other helpful resources:

Hospital Chaplains and Language Interpreters are available.

Banking: ATM machines are available, as well as full service banking at Wachovia.

Post Office:  Full service available at Duke Clinic Building Basement.
Mail:  Patient mail should be addressed with the patient’s full name, room number, and clearly marked with “Patient Mail.”

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