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Pediatric & Adolescent Inpatient Unit


You can make local calls free of charge using the bedside telephone. If you need to make a long distance call, you can use a cell phone or a calling card. Cell phone reception is variable. You may find that standing close to a window may help. There are pay phones near the elevators.

Each room's telephone number is (603)-650-2___ and the room number. For example, if you're in room 531, the number is 603-650-2531. To make an outside call, dial "32" and the local number.


The bedside remote will turn on the television and VCR. There is a wide selection of movies for you to use (DVD players are available).

Movies are located in D'Barn and in the Teen Lounge (please see Unit map).

Internet Access

If you have your own laptop, you can apply for wireless access at no charge.

Please see the unit secretary for help. Internet access is available in the Family Lounge and in the Teen Lounge. For patients who cannot leave their room, Child Life has laptops that can be signed out for messaging or homework.

White Board

Many of the rooms have a white board that you can use to remember questions you may have for the Unit team. Please write your child's name on the board – especially if they have a nickname they prefer.

Each day the nursing staff will write the names of your doctors, nurses, and nursing assistants.

Call Bells

Call buttons are in patient rooms to alert the nursing staff about immediate patient needs. Rooms have a hand held call button on the television control device. At the Pediatric & Adolescent Inpatient Unit, there is also a call button in the bathroom for emergencies.


Mail is delivered twice a day during the week. If you want to mail a letter, your nurse will put it in our "out" box. If mail arrives after you have gone home, it will be forwarded to your home.


Depending on the unit, meals are delivered at various times of the day (see below). If the meal tray doesn't arrive in your room, please check outside your room or ask your nurse. If you are a breastfeeding mother of a patient less than 6 months of age, please check with your nurse about food for you.

Patients' meals arrive around 8:00 am, 12:15 pm, and 5:15 pm. You'll find menus at the bedside. We have a snack cart for patients and siblings at 1:45 pm and 6:30 pm. We also have a supply of drinks and snacks for patients available at all times. The unit has a breast pump, but it's a good idea to bring your own, including equipment and cleaning supplies for our equipment.

If you want to bring your own food, we have a Family Kitchen space (please see Unit map). Please label food with your name and date. Snacks and light food are available in the Family Lounge. Family members can order a guest tray off the menu. This will be billed to you. Insurance does not cover the cost.

Tutoring Program

The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is working to better support the academic needs of hospitalized children.  The program, known as CHaD Pencil Partners will provide educational support and learning opportunities for children and adolescents while staying at CHaD.

Learn more about the Pencil Partners tutoring program.