Before Coming to the Hospital

Thank you for choosing St. John’s Children’s Hospital for your child’s surgery. We will work with you to provide the best possible care for your child while you are here. Before you bring your child in for surgery, please call (217) 535-3797 to pre-register or pre-register online. Pre-registration is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. This will ensure an easier check in on the day of surgery.

It is important to prepare your child as well as yourself about the hospital visit before coming. St. John’s Children’s Hospital provides a preoperative (or pre-admission) visit called a Surgical Discovery Tour

Preparing Yourself for Your Child's Surgery 

Hospitalization can be a stressful, anxious time for children and families. Here are some tips to make the day go smoothly:

  • Be informed. Write down questions you may have about the surgery itself and the postoperative care.
  • Remember to take care of yourself. Be prepared for the surgery day so you can take care of your child.
  • Attend the "Surgical Discovery" preoperative tour offered through St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Call (217) 544-6464, ext. 76857 to learn more.
  • Dress your child in loose comfortable clothing. This will make the trip home more comfortable. Bringing an extra set of clothes is always a good idea.
  • Allow your child to bring a pacifier, favorite blanket, toy, or stuffed animal or all of the above. It brings comfort and security for the child.
  • The surgery time could change, and recovery time is unpredictable, so please do not plan anything else for this day.
  • Your child will require special attention on this day. If possible, make other arrangements for siblings and remember the sitter’s phone number.
  • Bring a bucket or pan along with several towels for the journey home in case your child becomes sick. (Vomiting is due to anesthetic and is not uncommon after surgery.) 
  • Remember the calmer you are the easier it will be for your child to stay calm.