What to Do One Week Before Your Clinic Visit
Before your clinic visit, please review and complete the following items at least a week prior to coming to the clinic.
You should also look at the things you need to bring on the day of your clinic visit.
Learn about Children’s facility charges
Children’s bills a facility charge for hospital-based clinic visits. Here’s some important information (PDF) about how these charges affect you. Learn more about your bill and Children’s financial counseling services and financial assistance program.
Call your insurance company
Call your insurance company if you have questions about coverage. Your plan may have a Preferred Provider list. Our doctors are often listed as a group under Children's University Medical Group (CUMG).
Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants may be listed by their last names or under Seattle Children’s Hospital.
If your plan requires a referral from your primary care provider, have that person fax it to us at 206-985-3297. Make sure we receive the insurance referral at least four days before your visit, or we may need to cancel or reschedule (unless it is an emergency visit).
For help, call Children’s Insurance Processing Department at 206-987-5757.
Obtain X-rays and test results
To make the most of your clinic visit, ask your primary care provider for your child's X-rays and/or test results and bring them with you.
This ensures that your Children’s provider has all the needed information and avoids duplication of tests.
Bring any needed legal papers
Birth or adoptive parents do not need to bring a birth certificate or any other legal papers.
- If you are a legal guardian, we will need to see the legal papers that say so.
- If you are the parent, but do not have legal custody, we will need to see the legal papers that allow you to make healthcare decisions for your child.
- If you do not have the legal papers we need to see, call our Social Work Department at 206-987-2760 (Voice) or 206-987-5186 (TTY) for help.
Arrange for child care
Seattle Main Campus Sibling Playroom
If you need to bring siblings, we have a free, supervised playroom for brothers and sisters ages 3 to 11 who are toilet-trained. They may stay for two hours, and there are no reservations. As long as there is space, we allow siblings in.
Location: Level 6, Ocean zone
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center Sibling Playroom
Find out about the Sibling Playroom at the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.
Write down your questions
Write down questions you want to ask during your child's visit. Learn more about what questions to ask when you are talking with your child's doctor.
Tell us about cultural beliefs
Let us know about cultural beliefs or unique needs that may affect you child's treatment and care.
Children’s offers interpreters for sign language and non-English languages at no cost to patients and families.
Arrangements for an interpreter are made when your visit is scheduled.
If you or your child need a wheelchair or another type of help, or have a vision, hearing or speech impairment, call your clinic to make plans for accommodations prior to your arrival.
Check for illness
If your child has a new rash or fever or has been exposed to chicken pox in the last three weeks, call us as soon as possible at 206-987-2000 and ask to speak to someone in your child's clinic.
Arrange housing and transportation
If you are coming from out of town and need help finding a place to stay or transportation in Seattle or Bellevue, contact Guest Services.