On occasion, a child may need to be admitted to the hospital for medical care. This is either arranged while your child is in our office being seen or with an after-hours phone call, the doctor may decide the child should either be admitted or sent to an emergency room for evaluation.
In either case, the physician will be involved with the decision-making and if an emergency room evaluation is needed, they will help you choose an emergency room. Some insurance plans require you to use certain hospitals and specialists, so this is why our office should be consulted. (For example, if you have an HMO, you need to use the Rady Children’s Hospital specialists, so you would be best to use the Rady Children’s Hospital emergency room.) Sometimes, the closest emergency room is needed because of the condition of the child and if there is an urgent critical matter, use the closest emergency room.
Hospital admissions are usually referred to Rady Children’s Hospital. Occasionally, newborns are referred to either Scripps La Jolla or Scripps Encinitas Hospitals where a neonatal intensive care nursery is available for simple routine admissions.
If you have visited an emergency room while you are out-of-town or were referred to the emergency room in the middle of the night, please try to touch base with our referral office during office hours so they can take care of properly notifying your insurance company.