Things to Consider

Our Visitation Policies

Visitation Guidelines for Adult and Maternity Patients
Children's Hospital Visitation Guidelines

Donating/Storing Blood

Patient having blood drawn

If your physician recommends it, you may choose to donate and store a supply of your own blood before a scheduled surgery. Or, if they have a compatible blood type, family members or friends may also want to donate blood for you. Call (773) 702-6247 for more information.

Advance Directives

You have the right to make informed decisions about your healthcare, including the right to refuse treatment offered to you. You also may give directions, in advance, about your wishes for healthcare should the time come when you cannot communicate yourself. If you have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare, please bring it with you at the time of admission.

It is helpful to make such arrangements long before the need arises. Call (773) 702-6233 to receive the booklet Planning for Your Medical Care. For other questions, call (773) 702-6243.

Ethics Consultation

Some decisions about your healthcare or the care of a loved one who is very ill are particularly difficult to make. In addition to speaking with your physician and healthcare team, you may want to consult with the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at (773) 702-1453.

Child Life Services

Child Life specialists can help you and your family while you wait for your appointment by providing activities and medical education for patients. We can also provide activities and relaxation techniques to help children through procedures. If you would like assistance preparing your child emotionally for a clinic visit, call our Child Life professionals at (773) 702-6481.

Flowers/Live Plants

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Oncology Units (e.g., CCH6, Mitchell 6th Floor), Transplant Units and those with conditions that increase their risk of infection may not receive live flowers or plants. Please ask the nurse for further details.