Coming into hospital can seem a bit scary, especially if you've
not been before or you've never been away from your family.
So children and young people staying on the Children's Unit put together
this list of questions for other kids. These are the top ten
things they thought you needed to know about.
We hope you'll see it's not that scary after all. All of
the staff are really friendly and there are lots of fun things to
do to keep you busy.
Do you have a suggestion to add to the questions? Let
us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 01793 604031.
Can my family come and visit me?
Your family and friends are welcome to visit you during your
stay. Your parents can visit you at any time. Other family
members and your friends can visit you from 2.30pm until 4.30pm,
and then again after you've had dinner from 6pm until 7pm.
We have a playroom for younger children and a separate room for
older children to keep you busy and having fun at other times.
Am I able to have my family stay with me
One parent or carer or another relative can stay with you
overnight. We provide reclining chairs by your bed so they can
sleep next to you. We'll give them pillows and blankets to
keep them warm and comfy.
Who is going to look after me?
Your parents or carers can stay with you at all times. When
you arrive at the Children's Unit, you will be
allocated a children's nurse who will care
for you during your stay. Because the nurses work shift
patterns more than one nurse may look after you, but they will all
tell you their names and make you feel very welcome.
Your nurse will talk to you about your care and explain
everything that is going to happen throughout your stay. They will
make sure you're involved at all times and feel happy with what's
going on. If you have any questions, there will always be
someone available for you to talk to.
What will happen to me and who will I see?
Every morning the doctors do a ward round. The hospital
doctors are specialist doctors called
consultants. So as well as your nurse caring
for you, you will also be seen by a consultant. They will
discuss your care and treatment with you, and they will involve
your parents at all times as well.
Other hospital staff on the children's ward who may help to look
after you are called nursery nurses,
dieticians. Physiotherapists help to get
your muscles working if they have got stiff or weak.
Dieticians help you get the right food to get fit and healthy
There are also two play specialists on the
ward. The ladies on the desk are our ward
clerks. They help to book children in and out of the
wards and answer the telephone. The ward is kept clean by
hospital cleaners called domestics.
Do the injections hurt?
Most medicines on the Children's Unit are given by
mouth with a syringe or spoon.
If we do need to give you an injection, we can apply magic cream
or numbing spray to the skin first so it doesn't hurt as
much. Your mum or dad can stay with you whilst your having
the injection. We will give you a sticker afterwards for being
What is the food like?
We have a range of cereals or toast for breakfast. There
is a water fountain on the ward where you can get a cold drink or
squash whenever you like. Lunch and dinner are served on a
trolley and you come to the reception area and choose what you
would like to eat. We have lots of hot food options.
We also have sandwich bags with crisps, fruit and a
biscuit. If you ever get hungry just ask and we can make you
some toast or get you a sandwich bag.
Are the beds comfy?
The beds are all electric and move up and down and can be
adjusted to make you comfortable. Please ask if you need an
extra pillow or blankets to keep you warm.
Can you watch TV?
Every bed on the children's ward has a TV monitor beside the
bed. The TV needs to be registered before you can watch it
but your mum or dad can do this for you.
TV is free on the children's ward but they all go off at 7pm so
you can get some rest. If you would like to watch TV after
this time you will need to buy a TV card.
Can I bring my mobile phone or tablet and do you
You can bring your mobile phone or tablet with you, but we don't
have chargers so you will need to bring your own. If you want
to use your mobile you will need to go out into the main
Each TV monitor by the side of your bed has a landline phone
attached that you can use to dial in and out.
What else can I do while I am there?
We have a school room for you to use, plus work and activities
can be brought to your bed. We also have a play specialist who can
provide you with colouring and activities to do. There is a
playroom with lots of toys and a separate room where older kids can
We have DVDs and a PlayStation for you to use too. There
is lots to keep you entertained on the Children's Unit so you won't
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