Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232


(615) 936-1000

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Your Visit

 

New patients

Your child's pediatrician schedules the initial appointment by calling (615) 322-7449.

We ask referring physicians to send all pertinent clinical notes, labs, reports, etc. to our fax number at (615) 936-8128.

The first visit is a consultation with a doctor or nurse practitioner. You should prepare your child for a complete physical examination. During this visit, we may draw blood for labs or send you child to have an X-ray. Any further tests are typically arranged for another day. Your child may eat a regular diet on the day of the first appointment.

What to bring for your first visit

  • A copy of the referral from your child's primary care physician, if a referral is required by your insurance.
  • Insurance card.
  • Co-pay as determined by your insurance plan.
  • Any previous X-ray films obtained in relation to your child's complaint.
  • A stool sample if your child is being evaluated for bloody stools or diarrhea.
  • A current list of all medications your child is taking and a summary of medications taken by your child that are related to the GI condition.
  • Records from your child's primary physician relating to your child's complaint. These are requested by our office to be mailed or faxed from your child's physician in advance. Sometimes, in more urgent visits, these records will need to be brought to us by the family.
  • New patients are asked to complete a “New Patient Information” form in regards to medical history.

Tips for a successful visit

Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time if you are a new patient, or 15 minutes before your appointment if you are a returning patient. This allows adequate time for checking in and filling out forms about your child's medical history. Children's Hospital is a busy place; allow plenty of time for parking and finding the clinic.

If you are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule or be worked-in at the end of the clinic schedule. If you anticipate being late, please call the clinic staff at (615) 322-7449 for options.

Cancel appointments at least 24 hours in advance so that we may use the time slot for other patients.

After your first visit

Register your child for a free and secure account at My Health at Vanderbilt. This is an electronic health record system which allows parents to connect easily with their child's doctor, view lab and x-ray results, request medication refills, and request new appointments.

My Health at Vanderbilt is the preferred method of communication with your child's provider. However, for more urgent matters you may call us at one of the following numbers:

  • (615) 322-7449 for GI, IBD, or Nutrition patients
  • (615) 343-2454 for Liver or Liver Transplant patients

Medication refill guidelines

  • Please plan ahead and call for a refill when you have picked up your last refill from the pharmacy
  • Request medication refills through My Health at Vanderbilt Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Or, you may call our office Monday through Thursday between 8am and 4 pm for medication refills
  • If you call for a refill on Friday, we may not be able to process your request until the following business week
  • Allow 48 hours to process your refill request

Returning patients

The child's parent or caregiver may call (615) 322-7449 to set up a return appointment.

Items to bring for return visits

  • A copy of the referral from your child's primary care physician, if required by your insurance.
  • Insurance card.
  • Co-pay as determined by your insurance plan.

In addition to the above items, it may be helpful to your physician if you also bring the following:

  • Study reports or films completed since your previous visit (only if done at an outside facility).
  • A current list of all medications your child is taking and a summary of medications taken by your child related to the GI condition.
  • If your child is seen for a nutrition related issue, a recent food diary will be helpful in determining appropriate caloric requirements.

Support and resources

You may find these resources helpful in learning about your child's condition.

Frequently Asked Questions about endoscopies and other procedures
The Junior League Family Resource Center
CCFA: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America


Last Edited: September 13, 2017
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