Your Child's Visit
Children’s – Minneapolis
Children’s – St. Paul
Your child has been scheduled for lab tests at either the Children’s - St. Paul or the Children’s - Minneapolis outpatient lab. When you come for the test, please bring your doctor’s orders with you, or ask your doctor to fax the order to Children’s at the appropriate lab location. This will help prevent delays or missed orders.
Your child must go to registration (also called “admitting”) before having lab testing. When you register, you will be asked to provide information about your child, including:
- your child’s name
- the name of your child’s physician and ordering physician, if they are different
- the name of your insurance company and policy number (please bring your insurance card with you)
At Children’s - St. Paul: Parking is available in the Red Ramp, which is connected to the Garden View Medical Building, or in any of the nearby parking ramps.
At Children’s - Minneapolis: Parking is available in the visitors’ ramps, connected to the hospital by a skyway. Rates are approximately $1.75 per hour on both campuses.
Where to go
At Children’s - Minneapolis, weekdays: Registration and lab are located on the lower level of The Children's Specialty Center (CSC). Families can enter the CSC from the parking ramp on the northwest corner of Chicago Avenue and 26th Street and take the elevators to the lower level. Weekday hours are Monday- Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At Children’s - Minneapolis, other times: On weekends, holidays, or after 6 p.m., go to registration, located on the first floor of the hospital near the main entrance. You will be directed to the main laboratory, located on the lower level of the hospital.
At Children’s - St. Paul, weekdays: Registration and lab are located on the 3rd floor of the Garden View Medical Building, 347 N. Smith Avenue, St. Paul, next to Children’s – St. Paul. Weekday hours are Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At Children’s - St. Paul, other times: On weekends, holidays, or after 6 p.m., go to the Children’s - St. Paul emergency room, and inform the triage nurse that you are here for labs. You will be directed to admitting to register for your child’s procedure. Please be aware that because of inpatient commitments, there could be delays if you have lab or specimen drop-offs on weekends, holidays, or after hours.
Preparing your child for a visit
It is important to be honest with your child, describing exactly what will be happening. For most children, a one-day notice of blood work is adequate. Too much time to worry can increase their anxiety.
Please remember that for many children, needles are frightening. It is important that children don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about how they feel. Before testing, Children’s staff will explain the procedure and try to help reduce fears your child might have. It’s hard to predict exactly how your child will react to the procedure - every child reacts differently.
During the procedure, it might be helpful for a child to “daydream” about something fun, or to have a familiar toy to look at. Families are a big part of helping keep a child calm and comforted during this time.
For more information
If you have any questions or need further information, please call the St. Paul lab at (651) 220-6550 or the Minneapolis lab at (612) 813-6280.