On Admission to the Children's Ward

  • Information You will need to bring with You.

    • Your postcode and contact phone numbers
    • Name and address of your child’s GP
    • Name and address of your health visitor
    • Benefit details if appropriate
    • Your child’s details
    • Vaccination details
    • Previous infections, hospital admissions, operations
    • Special dietary needs

    Please bring your Personal Child Health Record (red book) with you when you come in.

    Please note:

    • Smoking – not allowed in the hospital or hospital grounds for health and safety reasons
    • Alcohol – please do not bring alcohol into the hospital.
  • During your child’s admission

    Their blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate and temperature will be recorded by the nurse. Their height and weight will also be measured and recorded.

    The ward doctor will ask you a few questions regarding theirpast and present health and about any medicines they may be taking and also perform a quick examination e.g listen to their heart etc.


    Your child will need to “fast” (nothing to eat or drink) before their operation or procedure. The nurse will tell you the time they need to stop eating and drinking.

  • Routines

    There is very little ward routine and you will be encouraged to follow your home routine as much as possible. The older children spend much of their time playing and doing activities, organised by our play specialist / teachers on the ward.
    We hope you will be able to continue with the general care of your child, such as washing and feeding, but the staff are there to help and support you. You will not be expected to do anything you do not feel able to, and staff will be happy to give advice if there is anything you aren’t sure about.

    Catering services for children

    The catering department will be providing meals for your child whilst they are here. They provide a wide range of services, which include the provision of special diets and a multicultural menu. You will be asked to choose for your child and the dietician is available if you need to discuss special needs.

  • Customs and beliefs

    The hospital has a chaplaincy and representatives of most faiths are available on request. If you have any particular wishes regarding your religion or faith, please discuss this with your nurse.

  • Simple distraction and coping techniques

    Games and exercises which encourage controlled breathing
    Blowing bubbles, balloons, and party blowers, blowing feathers or an imaginary balloon.
    Pop up books, “Where’s Wally” books, puzzle books, hospital books
    Games and Puzzles
    Hand held American football or tank game (battery operated), small puzzles, I spy games
    Relaxation tapes, singing, musical toys and instruments
    Sensory Experiences
    Koosh balls, pom poms, stress ball, light wand, kaleidoscope, cuddly toys Messy substances –  cornflower, playdough, slime jelly
    Mental Aptitude
    Logical thinking games, mental maths games (counting, multiplication), jokes, positive interaction/conversation
    Imaginary and Make Believe Play
    Puppets, favourite soft toy, therapeutic dolls, imaginary journeys

    Please do not hesitate to ask Emma or Gemma (Play Team), if you would like any more information or if you feel your child may need some distraction during any treatments or procedures.