If your child needs an operation, you’ll be invited to bring them to a pre-admission visit. During the visit:
For young people aged 16 or 17, you'll be asked some questions about your understanding of your surgery and hospital stay. Together with your family and the nurses, you can then choose to be looked after on our children’s ward or an adult ward.
The pre-assessment appointment is the ideal time for both you and your child to ask questions about their operation and hospital stay. If you have any questions or special requirements, our staff will be happy to help you.
You’ll be given an information pack about your child’s treatment, hospital stay and aftercare to help you and your child prepare. If you have any questions or special requirements, our staff will be happy to help you.
Your child will have their own private en-suite room on a specialised children’s ward. If your child is staying overnight we will ask that a parent stays with them. An additional bed will be provided in your child’s room
The consultant surgeon and consultant anaesthetist for your child will explain what’s going to happen during and after the procedure, and a person with parental responsibility will be asked to sign a form consenting to the operation. Young people aged 16 or 17 can consent to their own treatment if they're able to demonstrate a true understanding of their surgery .
If your child is having an operation involving general anaesthetic:
All of the staff who’ll be looking after your child in the operating theatre and recovery area have received additional training in caring for children. We’re home to a large in-house team of specialist children’s nurses who work in close conjunction with the consultant team.
On the ward your child will be cared for by nurses specially trained in looking after children – a registered sick children’s nurse or a nurse with a child branch certificate. The children’s nurse allocated to you will be present throughout your stay on the day of the procedure.
To help make your child’s stay as comfortable as possible, we provide:
When your child is ready to leave, their nurse will explain any aspects of care you’ll need to help with while at home – such as dressing changes or helping with mobility. They’ll also explain how we can continue to support you and who to contact if you have any questions while at home.
Parents and carers can visit anytime during the day or night. We understand how important it is that your child feels safe and happy throughout their stay, so we ask one parent/carer stays with the child throughout their hospital stay. We encourage family members to be around as much as they feel is necessary. Parents/carers are actively encouraged to be fully involved with every aspect of their child’s hospital stay.
Visiting hours will be unrestricted for parents and family. However the number of visitors may be restricted at the nurse’s discretion. At pre-assessment a discussion will be held with parents to ensure suitable visiting/supervision is arranged for siblings whilst the child is in hospital.
Our nurses are very experienced in caring for children of all ages and we’ll work with you to ensure that your child has the best possible experience with us.
Hospital number: 0113 269 3939