A parent or guardian must be present at all times when a child is in surgery at the Short Stay Unit. Parents should stay in the Short Stay Unit until they have spoken with the doctor. No more than 2 visitors per patient can accompany a child into the Short Stay Unit. Visitors may not eat in the Short Stay Unit patient rooms or waiting areas.
Children under 12 who are not the patient are not permitted in the Short Stay Unit. Please plan ahead so that a relative or a friend can take care of any brothers or sisters of this age.
If your child will be staying overnight, friends and relatives should be informed that fresh flowers and live plants are not allowed in the hospital because they can carry harmful germs. Foil or Mylar balloons are fine, but latex (or rubber) balloons are not permitted.
If you live far from St. Petersburg, accommodations for the night before surgery may be available at the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay (located on the All Children's Hospital campus). Call (727) 821-8961 x7694 or (800) 456-4543 x7694 for reservations.
If you notice any changes in your child's health before surgery, call your child's doctor. You should also call the doctor if your child has a cold, cough, fever or rash, or is exposed to the chicken pox.
Call your doctor or call the Short Stay Unit after 5:30 am at (727) 767-8281 or (800) 456-4543 x8281
Your child's doctor may give you a booklet with instructions about preparing for surgery and anesthesia. Be sure to follow the directions and call the number shown if you have any questions.