Your First Neurology Visit

Your first visit to neurology: What to expect

Welcome to our Neurology clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your child. The information below can help you understand what to do and bring for your first visit to our locations.

Before your visit

Here’s what to do before your child’s first visit:

  1. Have your child’s primary care provider fill out the new patient referral form <link to: Health Professionals > Refer a Patient > Neurology>, and fax it to us so we can schedule your first appointment. We don’t accept self-referrals.
  2. Fill out a new patient history form, which we’ll send you in an information packet that also includes a:
  3. Map of the Texas Medical Center
  4. Letter with your appointment date and time
  5. Make sure you meet all your health insurance company’s requirements for your child to see a specialist. You may need to call them to confirm the details.
  6. Gather your child’s most recent imaging studies and test results related to their condition. Please bring these to your first appointment.
  7. Plan to arrive about 30 minutes early for your first visit to allow plenty of time to park and find your way to the clinic. If you miss your first appointment, we may not be able to reschedule you.

On the day of the visit

Here’s what to bring to the first appointment:

  • Completed new patient history form
  • Your child’s imaging studies and test results
  • Your photo ID
  • Your health insurance card

Arriving on time

Arrive about 30 minutes early to allow enough time park and find your way to the clinic. Important: If your first visit is at Texas Children’s Hospital's main campus, you may need extra time to park and find your way to the clinic on the 9th floor of the Wallace Tower. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, your appointment will be canceled, and you will need to reschedule.

During the visit

Our staff will conduct a complete physical and neurological exam, which typically includes:

  • A review of the new patient history form and recent test results that you’ve brought
  • Measurements of your child’s height, weight and blood pressure
  • A complete discussion of your child’s current symptoms, such as when they began and how things have changed

After the exam, you and the care provider will discuss a diagnosis, if there is one. Sometimes, your child may need more tests before we can confirm a diagnosis.

A nurse will explain more about your child’s condition, any additional tests they may need and any medications that we may prescribe. Blue Bird Circle Clinic volunteers can schedule these tests for you or provide you the contact information for the testing centers so you can arrange the appointments yourself.

Tests that your child may need

Your child may need additional tests so we can confirm a diagnosis and determine the causes. Tests that your child may need include:

  • Imaging, such as an MRI or CT scan
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure the brain’s electrical activity
  • Laboratory studies, including blood tests, urine tests and sleep studies

Guidelines for follow-up tests

When scheduling appointments for follow-up testing, it’s important to:

  • Schedule the appointments for the soonest date possible.
  • Keep the appointments. If you must cancel an appointment, call the test center or clinic immediately.
  • Make sure to get any needed referrals processed before the test appointment date.

Call your Texas Children’s care team 4 days after testing to get the results.

Learn about tests

Read more about Neurophysiology <link to: Programs and Services > Neurophysiology>, the program that handles neurological testing.