Children

Children

We are delighted to be able to welcome and treat young patients aged 12 and over. Visiting a hospital can be daunting for both children and parents, so we go out of our way to keep you informed and put you at ease.

Visiting the ward before admission can really help allay any fears, so please contact our reception team if you would like to arrange a visit. If you have any questions about your child’s stay or treatment, please do not hesitate to ask.

Before arrival

Before you arrive at the hospital, please:

  • Check that you have a supply of children's paracetamol or ibuprofen at home
  • Ask your child to dress 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 this could cause sickness after anaesthetic.

When you arrive

First, we’ll show you and your child to your room.  A nurse will weigh your child, take their temperature and take their medical details.  Your child’s surgeon and the anaesthetist will visit before your surgery and answer any questions or concerns.

Recovery

Following the operation, your child will be taken to the Recovery Room.  As soon as they begin to come around from the anaesthetic, the nurse will collect them and you are welcome to accompany them.  Children are often restless when waking but 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.

Going home

Before you leave, make sure you understand the nurse's instructions about 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.