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KIDCare: Sick child day care

Tampa General Hospital’s KIDCare program is a daytime care center for children who must stay home because they are too sick to attend school or day care. KIDCare gives children a bright and fun place to enjoy activities in a safe, medically attentive center.

We welcome children needing post-operative care, with activity restrictions, orthopedic injuries or minor illnesses such as urinary, respiratory or ear infections, asthma or gastroenteritis (not infectious). The center accepts children who have received their first set of immunizations up to age 15.

To protect all our guests, we do not admit children with communicable diseases such as measles, mumps or chicken pox, undiagnosed rashes or anyone with temperatures of 102 degrees or more previously unseen by a physician.

During their stay, children can participate in activities like arts and crafts, watch movies, play video games, take naps or be held and rocked by our staff. Prescribed medications are given by the nursing staff and meals and snacks are provided.

Space is limited and admission to KIDCare is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required. To reserve a space, call KIDCare at (813) 844-7192 within normal hours of operation. Reservations are taken no more than 24 hours in advance.

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

TGH employees pay $1.50 - 3.00 per hour depending on salary, and other users pay $5.00 per hour (prices subject to change). Corporate billing available

You Must Bring:
Proof of immunizations
Prescribed medications
Favorite book or toy
Formula (label bottles with child’s name)

KIDCare is designed for children from 2 months of age to 15 years, with illnesses such as: stomach virus, respiratory virus, earache, etc.

Parents may use the East Pavilion valet for drop-off and pick-up from KIDCare. Those who choose to park in the garage are responsible for paying parking fees.