Children on the Shalbourne Suite
Young patients from age 12 and up can be treated in the Shalbourne Suite. If your child is under 12, you need to be aware that your child will be cared for in the Trust's paediatric ward on the second floor of the main hospital. This is because your child's safety is paramount to us and the paediatric ward has a dedicated team of specialist paediatric nurses to care for the very young. They will try to accommodate you and your child in a single room, though this may not always be possible.
We know coming into hospital is a frightening time for children and their parents. We would therefore encourage you to contact us with any queries you may have, as your peace of mind is important to us.
If you would like to visit the ward before admission, please contact the reception team to arrange a time for you to visit.
Before you arrive at the hospital
- Check that you have a supply of children's Paracetamol or Ibuprofen at home
- Bath or shower your child and dress them in loose, casual clothing (to avoid pressure on wounds after surgery)
- Do not give your child anything to eat or drink after the time specified on your appointment letter, as doing so could cause risk of sickness after anaesthetic.
On arrival, you and your child will be shown to your room. A Nurse will weigh your child, take his/her temperature and obtain relevant medical details. The Surgeon and Anaesthetist see all patients before operations begin, so there may be a wait on the ward.
Following the operation, your child will be taken straight to the Recovery Room. As soon as they begin to come around from the anaesthetic, the Nurse will collect them and you can accompany her if you wish. Children are often restless when waking but will soon settle down again and sleep off the effects of anaesthetic. All patients stay on the ward for at least three to four hours, but the Nurse will let you know when you can take your child home.
Before you leave, make sure that you understand the Nurse's instructions regarding stitches, dressings, medication and any follow-up instructions. The anaesthetic can take up to 24 hours to wear off. At home, keep a close eye on your child and call your GP if you are anxious about anything.
If you have concerns about any aspect of your care, please discuss them with the Ward Sister, so that we can resolve them quickly.