The Department of Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital offers same-day surgical consultation appointments by calling 832-824-2778 (832-TCH-APPT) for the following departments:
- Congenital Heart Surgery
- Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Pediatric General Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
In most cases, when you call to make an appointment before 12 pm (noon) with any of the surgical areas listed above, you will be offered an appointment for that same day. If you call after 12 pm, you will be offered an appointment for the next day. We accept appointments Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
How to make an appointment
Same-day appointments are accepted from patients or referring physicians by contacting the surgical division or clinic directly, or by calling 832-824-2778 (832-TCH-APPT) and requesting an appointment.
When you make this request, we will search Texas Children’s locations by specialty, provider and availability to find an open appointment for a surgical consultation. Based on these factors, you will be offered the first available appointment. This appointment may be in any Texas Children’s location in the greater Houston area. Our schedulers will work with you to find an appointment time and location that’s convenient for you.
What type of visits are not considered same-day appointments?
In general, most same-day appointments are reserved for new patients or patients new to the surgical specialties listed above. Only the areas listed above accept same day appointments.
Same-day appointments are not scheduled for the following types of appointments:
- Emergency situations
- Well check-ups
Know when to seek emergency care
Same-day appointments from the Department of Surgery are for initial consultations that are typically set up by a pediatrician, specialists or self-referral. If immediate care is needed, please seek emergency care by calling 911 or visiting the nearest emergency room.
Also, Texas Children’s Urgent Care is equipped to diagnose and treat common pediatric illnesses and injuries like sprains, abdominal pain, cough, fever, and more. Our board-certified pediatricians, staff and equipment are designed to meet the needs of children and young adults up to age 18.
“This initiative is a collective promise from the Department of Surgery to its patients and referring colleagues to be available. A delay in care, especially for surgical practices, can lead to unnecessary concern and frustration for patients and families, and can even affect treatment outcomes. The surgeons are committed to caring for our patients.”
- David Coats MD, Chief of Ophthalmology