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After check-in

Your child changes clothing into hospital pajamas
You’ll help your child change into hospital pajamas and socks, and put your child’s clothes in a bag labeled with your child’s name.

Vital signs taken
In the pre-op area, a nurse will weigh and measure your child and take his/her vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse).

Child Life Specialist
Child Life Services are available to help prepare your child for what to expect in the operating room.

Meet your child's OR team
In the pre-op area, you will meet the team that will be taking care of your child in the operating room.

Meet with the anesthesiologist
The anesthesia team will talk with you about the best and safest way for your child to go to sleep.

Preparing for the surgery
Your child will be given a mild sedative. Once the sedative has taken affect your child will be ready to go to the operating room and you will be directed to the Gray Surgical Family waiting area.

After surgery

Surgeon will speak with you
Once the surgery is finished, the surgeon or representative will call the waiting room to speak with you. You will be directed to wait in the PICU waiting area until your child is settled in their room.

Recovery
Your child will recover in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). It may take up to an hour for your child to be settled in their room and you are able to visit.

If you would like to speak with a Child Life Specialist about how and/or when to prepare your child for upcoming surgery or to schedule a time to come in and visit, please call 617-643-9276.

Directions to the Center for Perioperative Care on Wang 3

Parking
Mass General patients and visitors who park in the Fruit Street, Parkman Street and Yawkey Center parking garages are eligible for discounted parking rates by having tickets validated at the cashier in the central payment office on the ground floor lobby of each garage. Valet parking is available after 6 AM in front of the Wang Building.

Enter the hospital
Use the main entrance. As you enter the hospital take a right turn and go past the public restrooms. Take another right into the Wang Building. There are signs directing you to the Wang Elevators. Take the Wang Elevators to the 3rd floor of the Wang Building.

Valet parking is available after 6 AM in front of the Wang Building. If using valet parking, enter the Wang lobby and proceed straight to the Wang Elevators. Take the elevators to the 3rd floor.

Information desk
Ambassadors welcome and direct patients arriving at the hospital and help patients and visitors with special assistance requests such as getting out of a car or into a wheelchair. Ambassadors are posted at the hospital’s main entrance at 55 Fruit Street and also at the Wang entrance.

Going to the Center for Perioperative Care (CPC)

Directions to the Center for Perioperative Care
When exiting the elevators on Wang 3:

  • There will be signs for the Center for Perioperative Care (CPC)
  • These signs will direct you to a reception desk around the corner in the hallway.
  • Check in at the reception desk.
  • You will be directed to the MGHfC Pediatric Waiting Area

Contact information
The phone number for the Center for Perioperative Care is 617-726-8588.