The more you can help prepare your patient's family for their
child's appointment at Children's Mercy, the better we can expedite
Here is what we ask parents to bring with them to their child's
- Summary from the child's doctor.
- Results from the child's previous lab tests, X-rays or other
tests. We try not to repeat tests unless necessary.
- Immunization record.
- List of questions for the Children's Mercy doctor
- An insurance card and any referrals required. We ask parents to
check with their insurance company to see if they need
pre-authorization or a referral before coming to Children's
- Social Security number for the patient and parents, if it is
the child's first visit to Children's Mercy.
- If the child is an infant, we ask parents to bring enough
diapers, bottles, toys, etc., to take care of the baby's needs for
several hours. A stroller would come in handy, too. Parents may
also wish to bring some snacks.
- If the family is traveling a long distance, an overnight bag is
a good idea. If the family needs help locating overnight
accommodations, ask them to call our Social Work & Community
Services department at(816) 234-3670.
- If parents are not certain whether their insurance plan covers
visits to Children's Mercy, have them call us prior to their
appointment at (816) 701-5200.
- If the family requires an interpreter/translator, contact our
Social Work & Community Service department in advance at (816)
For detailed information pertaining to a specific clinic
referral process, please see Specialty Clinics/Pre-Visit Forms.