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Dayton Children's neurology offers inpatient and outpatient care. Please see below to learn more about the differences between care types:

inpatient care

The Dayton Children’s pediatric neurology team provides expert care for children who are hospitalized with a neurological condition, and exceptional follow-up after patients are discharged home.

Patients can be admitted to Dayton Children’s for a variety of neurological concerns, such as seizures, a traumatic brain injury, stroke or headaches. During a hospital stay, your child’s care team will include one of our neurologists and two inpatient clinical nurse coordinators. The neurologist may ask physicians from other specialty areas, such as neurosurgery or cancer care, to be part of the care team as well.

We know that a hospital stay can be stressful for children with a neurological condition and their families. Our pediatric neurology team places a high priority on communication to ensure that families know what to expect, understand the treatment plan and receive answers to all their questions. Families interact frequently with our caring and experienced neurology nurses, who do all they can to make patients and their families feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

discharge planning

Our nurses provide extensive education to prepare family members for the child’s return home. They schedule a follow-up clinic appointment for the child, which will take place two to four weeks after discharge. They even work with school nurses to help them understand what the child will need when they return to school.

going home

    After patients return home, our team continues to provide support and care. The neurology department’s resource nurses are available by phone at 937-641-3080 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer questions, call in pharmacy refills, verify insurance coverage, explain test results and much more. After hour emergencies, parents can dial 937 641-3000 to reach the hospital’s operator and ask for the neurologist on call.

    outpatient care

    If your child has neurological concerns, we know you want to see a specialist as soon as possible. Our pediatric neurology outpatient clinics are able to schedule appointments and diagnostic tests quickly to minimize waiting. A physician referral is needed to make an appointment with our neurologists.

    Communication is important in between appointments, and that is why our staff is committed to returning calls quickly, providing test results as soon as they are ready and checking in by phone, especially after a hospital stay.

    prepare for your visit

    For all visits to the neurology clinic please bring:

    • Your insurance information and let us know of any changes. This impacts scheduling and completing imaging when prior authorizations are required.
    • Any appropriate images (x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans) related to your condition not done at Dayton Children’s
    • Any paperwork from healthcare providers who have treated you for this condition
    • Any required forms for your school, the state or outside agency
    • Any questionnaires you have been asked to complete

    what to expect

    When your child is referred to the neurology department at Dayton Children’s, our staff collects medical history information, past imaging studies and test results. This helps our pediatric neurology team prepare for your child’s first visit.

    Our pediatric neurology providers spend time with families to make sure they fully understand their child’s condition, the treatment options and what to expect during and after treatment.

    We encourage families to enroll in MyKid’sChart, a free, secure online health program that makes it easy to stay in touch with the care team, view their child’s medication information and receive important health reminders.

    contact us appointments

    The neurology department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3080 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling 937-641-4000.

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