Patient Referrals and Consultations

Children's Physician Access

Through Children's Physician Access you have 24-hour-a-day live access to services and expertise at Children's - Minneapolis and Children's - St. Paul. This toll-free line offers a single point of access to representatives who will assist you with:

  • Consultations with primary care physicians, and specialists
  • Referrals, admissions, and transport services
  • General Children's information, including services, programs, and locations

Toll free: 1-866-755-2121
Twin cities metro area: 612-343-2121

Find a Doctor

Need to locate a member of Children's professional staff? Children's Find a Doctor tool offers access to more than 1,100 members of Children's professional staff, including physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, advanced practice registered nurses, psychologists, podiatrists, physician assistants, pharmacists, genetic counselors and social workers.


For same day or urgent admissions, please call Children's Physician Access and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • patient's name
  • date of birth
  • sex
  • primary care provider's name
  • referring physician's name
  • diagnosis, isolation requirements
  • special needs requirements
  • anticipated time and means of arrival
  • request for coverage by the teaching service

Scheduled Admissions

Already scheduled an admission? In addition to the information listed above, please be prepared to also include the patient's address, telephone number and insurance coverage. Physicians' offices will be responsible for meeting insurance company pre-certification requirements prior to admission.

A history and physical examination form must be completed no more than 30 days prior to admission or surgery, before any procedure, and not more than 24 hours post admission.

History and Physical Examination Form Clinic appointment card

Urgent or Emergency Admissions

The emergency room will provide triage for urgent or emergency admissions. The clinical review coordinator will assist with necessary certification.

ECMO Services

Extracorpreal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) services are provided for both neonatal and pediatric patients with severe respiratory and/or cardiac insufficiency that is unresponsive to mechanical ventilation and medical therapy. Staff are available 24 hours a day for professional consultation, patient transport or provision of ECMO at Children's-Minneapolis. For more information, including ECMO transfer recommendations and criteria, see Children's ECMO services.

Children's Hospital Admitting Numbers

To admit a patient

  • St. Paul


  • Minneapolis


For urgent or emergency admissions

  • St. Paul


  • Minneapolis


Utilization Review

  • St. Paul


  • Minneapolis


To schedule elective surgery

  • St. Paul

651- 220-6237

  • Minneapolis


To schedule patients in Day Surgery

  • St. Paul


  • Minneapolis


  • West


For patient room numbers

  • St. Paul


  • Minneapolis


ECMO services (Minneapolis only)

  • Neonatal referral (NICU)

(612) 813-6295

  • Pediatric referral (PICU)

(612) 813-6266