The Nemours Diagnostic Referral Service evaluates and treats children with difficult diagnoses and coordinates services for children with complex medical issues who are referred from primary care doctors, the Emergency Department, and other subspecialty areas. Because of their unique expertise, our specialists are often able to provide deeper investigation into the cause of your child’s symptoms.
For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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The Diagnostic Referral Service at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is a hospital-based general pediatric practice that evaluates and treats children with difficult diagnoses and coordinates services for children with multiple complex medical issues. They also participate in providing pre- and post-operative care for children undergoing liver transplants.
Your child’s referring doctor may request an outpatient visit or seek a consultation while your child is hospitalized. A Diagnostic Referral Service evaluation generally includes an initial detailed assessment, as well as laboratory and imaging studies, if necessary. All findings and recommendations will be communicated to your child’s primary care physician or referring doctor. If we feel your child would benefit from the expertise of additional Nemours subspecialists, we will make that referral as well.
The Diagnostic Referral Service physicians’ care is enhanced by the use of an electronic medical record that allows all of your child’s caregivers to communicate in “real time." This reduces redundancy in testing and other services and keeps all team members up-to-date on your child’s condition, progress, and medical management plan. At the same time, it allows your child’s doctors to consider best practices gained from Nemours experience and academic literature.