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Information For Parents

From creating comfortable surroundings to providing school work support, the Children's Medical Center has many valuable resources for parents, patients and families.

NICU Education


Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated in the CMC. Click here to visit the Ronald McDonald House website and learn more.


Lightning Playroom

Little boy playing in the Lightning Playroom

Furnished by a generous donation from the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Lightning Playroom in the CMC gives kids a stress-free place to play and socialize with other children. No medical procedures are permitted in the playroom!


Parent Lounge

Furnished with comfortable seating, a TV, microwave, toaster, coffee-maker and well-stocked refrigerator and pantry, the lounge is a place to relax – not far from your child's room.


Free wireless Internet access

Patients and visitors with wireless-enabled devices can access free Internet service from the CMC or any location within TGH.



This free referral service will help find a physician on staff at TGH who can meet your needs. Click here to access our Physician Finder database online or call 1-800-822-DOCS


Poison Center

The Poison Center is located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital and is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians trained in toxicology. Based on years of toxicology experience and a computerized database describing over 500,000 substances, they provide advice within minutes for each question or emergency. Certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the Center provides coverage for 6 million residents in central and southwest Florida and is primarily funded by grants from Florida Department of Health, Children's Medical Services and the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration. Click here to visit the Poison Center website and learn more.


KIDCare: Sick child day care

KIDCare is a daytime care center for children who must stay home because they are too sick to attend school or daycare. Space is limited and cost is based on a sliding scale rate. KIDCare accepts children who have received their first set of immunizations up to age 15. We do not permit children with communicable diseases, undiagnosed rashes or temperatures of 102 degrees or more, unless previously seen by a physician. Reservations must be made by calling (813) 844-7192 between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Click here for more information about KIDCare.


Is your child secure in a properly installed car safety seat?

You can reduce the risk of your child being injured in a car crash by using an appropriate car safety seat and installing it correctly. Click here to visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Web site for more information.

Click here to download this Children's Medical Center information in brochure format.


Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Having a surgical procedure and staying in the hospital can be a scary experience for any child. We hope you’ll find the information provided useful in preparing your child for surgery.

Click here for our Pre-op Teaching Book.