Orthopedic Surgery

The Day of Your Child's Visit

Being prepared for your child's visit at the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at CHOP will ensure a smooth check-in and prevent unnecessary delays. Use the links below to go directly to the information you need:

What to bring

Please make sure you bring the following to your child's first appointment:

  • Appointment information: doctor's name, building name/location, time of appointment.
  • A completed copy of our new patient form. Download the New Patient Form.
  • Insurance information and cards. Please provide any authorization your insurance company may require. You should call your insurance company to get this information.
  • Co-pay or co-insurance for the visit. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-664-7855.
  • Phone and fax numbers of your child’s primary care physician and pharmacy.
  • Copies of all medical records related to the reason for your appointment, such as X-rays, lab tests and immunization records — even if results are normal. 
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present for the first consultation.
    If you are a legal guardian, please bring proof of guardianship.
    • Your child's Social Security number and that of the parent/guardian with insurance coverage will be requested, but is not mandatory to provide.
    • A copy of your child's birth certificate if the child's name has been legally changed.
  • Medications: Please bring all of the medications your child currently takes — including over-the-counter medications — in a bag. If you’d prefer to write a list of medications, we will need the medicine name, dosage, frequency, prescribing doctor, pharmacy name and phone number, as well as how long your child has been using this medication. Most families find it easier to toss everything in a bag and bring it along!
  • Other items: We encourage you to bring toys, books and/or snacks to keep your child or children occupied and content while waiting. Fasting is not required for your child's visit.

A note about referrals

If your insurance company requires a referral before your child can be examined at CHOP, please contact your child's primary care provider. The provider will need to know the date of your child's upcoming visit, orthopedic provider numbers and which CHOP Care Network your child is being seen at. Referrals need to be in place at the time of your child's appointment at CHOP or the visit may be delayed or rescheduled. 

Getting here and directions

The Division of Orthopedic Surgery offers outpatient appointments at eight locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Divisions' outpatient area on the second floor of the Wood Building at CHOP's Main Campus.

For information about which orthopedic physicians and specialty programs are available at each CHOP location, see our orthopedic locations.

Main Campus

If your child's appointment is in the Wood Building, this information may be helpful:

General driving directions to Children’s Hospital
Parking information at Main Campus
Public transportation to CHOP’s Main Campus

Main Campus maps are also available. View our Main Campus map or second floor of Wood center map.

In the region

Depending on your child's medical needs, your child's appointment may be scheduled at one of our seven specialty care centers across the region. 


• CHOP Specialty Care Center in Bucks County 
• CHOP Specialty Care Center in King of Prussia 
• CHOP Specialty Care and Surgery Center in Exton 

New Jersey

• CHOP Specialty Care Center in Atlantic County 
• CHOP Specialty Care Center in Princeton
• CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua 
• CHOP Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Voorhees

When you arrive

When you arrive for your child's visit, please register your child with our staff at the front desk. We encourage you to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so we can review all of your paperwork and ask any additional questions.

If you arrive late, you risk being seen later or having your appointment rescheduled. Please call us at 215-590-1527 if you are running late. If you need to cancel your appointment, please give us 72 hours notice. Another family will be grateful for your time.

Who you’ll meet

All of the healthcare professionals and employees at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are dedicated to providing the best care to your child and your family, and to making your experience with us as comfortable as possible.

For a list of some of the people you might meet and the roles they play as part of the healthcare team, see Your Healthcare Team. To learn about our orthopedic team members and their experience, see Meet Our Team.

What’s next?

To learn more about your child's examination and diagnostic tests clinicians may use to help diagnose your child's condition, see Examination and Tests.

Contact us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 215-590-1527 or contact us online.


Reviewed by: Division of Orthopedic Surgery 
Date: November 2013

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