Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland strongly believes patients, and their parents or guardians, have the right to take an active role in their own healthcare. Information about patient rights is posted throughout the organization.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland respects the personal rights and dignity of our patients and their families. Every patient at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland has a right to:
Confidentiality and Privacy
We respect and protect the privacy of our patients and their families. We are privileged to care for your child, and are sensitive to the privacy and confidentiality of the children and families we serve.
The Ethics Committee
When the family of a very ill child is faced with hard choices about appropriate care, the Ethics Committee can help the family reflect on the next step to take. Family members or medical team members may ask for a confidential consultation with this committee. Help from the hospital chaplain and from Social Services is available for additional support.
Coping With Pain
Relieving pain is essential to healing. At Children’s Hospital, pain management is a very important part of patient care. An individual pain management plan is made for every patient.
Your child will be kept comfortable so their energy can be focused on getting better. The nursing units have information about how we manage pain for your child, what you can do to help, and about your rights and responsibilities.
You’ll find more information about pain management in the Family Resource & Information Center, located on the second floor of the main hospital across from the cafeteria.
Quality care and excellent service is a part of our mission and it is your right to receive nothing less than this. Please do not hesitate to notify us if you’re concerned or have questions about your rights or the care you have received. It is your right and our honor to ensure you are 100% satisfied. You may speak to your nurse, department manager or doctor. These “on-the-unit” staff members can immediately help you.
You may also share your concerns, suggestions or recommendations with the Patient Advocate. Contacting the Patient Advocate or filing a complaint, will not affect your access to care or the quality of future care your child receives. The Patient Advocate will ensure your complaints are addressed with the goal of resolving any issues.
The Patient Advocate can be reached at:
or by writing to:
If you have any urgent issue after business hours, please feel free to call the Administrative Response Line and a representative will return your call as soon as possible.
The Administrative Response Line phone number is:
Additional organizations you can express your concerns to include the following; whether or not you use the hospital’s complaint process:
You may also file a complaint related to the professional competence or professional conduct of a physician/surgeon with the following: