The ICS Unit cares for children, teenagers and young adults with cancer . It is important to us that patients and families receive the highest quality care and best medical treatment available. If you have questions or concerns about your child's care, please speak with your nurse. The Charge Nurse and unit management are also available to assist you.

You are an important support to your child when they come to the hospital for treatment. Children in the hospital are often most concerned about being separated from their parents. There are many ways you can help your child cope with being away from home.

  • Stay with your child as much as possible.
  • When you need to leave, reassure your child that you will be back. 
  • Bring familiar objects from home.

Tips for Hospital Stay 

When your child comes to the hospital to stay overnight for treatment, you will need to check in at the admitting office and sign paperwork. The admitting office is at the north entrance, across from the cafeteria. You may be asked for an insurance card.

Every room on ICS is a private room with a bathroom, chair, parent fold-out bed, television, and other amenities. There is a parent area available for use, including a parent shower room, kitchen and laundry area.

One parent or a sibling over the age of 18 may spend the night in your child’s hospital room. The rooms have one fold-out bed and lounge chair. There is not enough room to sleep two adults in the patient rooms safely. It is against hospital policy to bring other children with you to sleep overnight. Siblings and friends can visit for brief times during the day if they do not have any signs of illness.

If you come to the hospital from out of town, there are hotels that offer discounts to families staying at Primary Children's. The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City also provides rooms to parents of hospitalized children. Talk to your social worker to discuss these options and to make arrangements.

What To Bring
Bring what you might normally need if you were away from home with your child. The hospital has bedding, blankets, hospital pajamas, pillows, diapers, and soap. There are also toys, movies, electronic games, books, and crafts for your child.

Mark any bedding that you bring from home with your child's name. It can easily be mistaken as hospital bedding and might be accidentally taken away when the linens are changed or the room is cleaned.

Suggested items to bring:

  • Underwear
  • Pajamas and robe
  • Slippers
  • Day clothes (comfortable)
  • Favorite pillow case and/or blanket
  • Security toys (such as dolls, teddy bears, etc.)
  • Photos of family, friends, and pet
  • Music player
  • Favorite foods or snacks (check with nurse to see if your child has dietary restrictions)
  • Homework
  • Camera
  • Favorite toys, games, movies, and crafts

What Not to Bring
There are also some items that you should not bring from home.  It is also a good idea to leave valuables at home rather than bring them to the hospital with you.

List of things not to bring:

  • Animals (including pets)
  • Plants/flowers (for infection control reasons are not
    allowed on ICS)
  • Home medications to use in the hospital
  • Latex balloons (not allowed in PCMC)

Once your child has been admitted to the hospital and the physician has written a diet order, food may be ordered for the patient by calling the room service number “2FOOD”. You can make special dietary requests (for example, no cow’s milk, vegetarian, kosher, etc.) by talking with the patient representative.

Food may be ordered any time between the hours of 7:00 am and 8:30 pm., and will be delivered 30 to 60 minutes after it is ordered.

Some children prefer home cooking to hospital food, a microwave is available to reheat food brought from home. You can also use a refrigerator in the unit to store food for a short time. Any item in the refrigerator must be correctly labeled. Items left longer than two days will be thrown away.

Children who are allowed to leave the inpatient area may prefer to eat in the cafeteria rather than have a tray brought to their room. Your child’s nurse can call the kitchen and arrange for a meal card to be left in the cafeteria for them. You may listen to a recorded message for the daily hospital menu by dialing 21422 from a hospital phone.

A complimentary hospitality cart with breakfast items (like bagels, juice and coffee etc.), circulates each morning for parents and visitors.

Cafeteria Hours
  Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Weekdays 6:30 am - 10:00 am 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
(Grill only)
Weekends 7:00 am - 10:00 am 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
(Grill only)
Meal Service to
Patient Rooms
7:00 am - 7:30 pm    
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