Patient Information for Pediatric Neurosciences

Your first visit

Copy: If your child has been referred to us, knowing that everything is in place can help ease your mind. Our neurologists and neurosurgeons can provide a complete diagnosis, answer your questions and identify the best possible treatment. Early diagnosis and management can help your child to be treated more effectively and receive an improved prognosis.

What to do

  • Ask your child’s primary care physician to send a referral to our office
  • Allow 30 to 60 minutes for the initial consultation
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete a health history and register
  • Contact us with any questions about your referral or appointment. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our phone number is 616.267.2500.

What to bring

  • A referral form from your child’s primary care physician if it has not already been sent to us
  • A list of current medications (including the dosage and the length of time your child has been taking each medication)
  • Insurance cards
  • Any test results such as MRIs, CT scans or ultrasounds that have been done outside of Spectrum Health hospitals or care locations (and that are related to this condition)

What tests to expect

Some children may need an X-ray, MRI or CT scan. These tests will be scheduled for you in the hospital’s radiology department.


If your child will undergo tests as part of the initial consultation, a follow-up appointment will be made to review them with you. If the results are abnormal, we will discuss treatment options with you. Depending on the child’s needs, we may refer you to one of our pediatric subspecialists for further evaluation.

Additional information

  • We refill prescriptions only if your child has had surgery and only until he or she is discharged from our service.
  • Siblings may come to an appointment.
  • All patients under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.