Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2017 10:36 am

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Preparing a Child for Surgery

Being in the hospital can be upsetting for your child, as well as the whole family. Letting your child know what to expect ahead of time can help the whole family cope better.

To best prepare your child for surgery:

  • Learn as much as possible about your child’s surgery.
  • Answer your child's questions truthfully, according to his/her age and developmental level.
  • Ask your pediatrician for advice.
  • Read books about hospitalization with your child.
  • Take your child on a scheduled hospital tour.
  • Give your child choices, when possible.
  • Make an appointment for pre-operative preparations with a child life specialist who can provide age-appropriate explanations.

At the Family Surgery Program at Atlantic Health System Children's Health, physician services are provided by Atlantic Medical Group and are on staff at Goryeb Children's Hospital.