Caring for children

Parkside Heatherwood can only accept children of 16 years and older.

If you have any queries prior to admission please do contact us. If you wish to visit the ward to familiarise yourselves, please contact the nurse in charge and she will arrange this for you. You will be allowed to stay with your child overnight if you wish to do so.

Before you Arrive
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 specified time on your appointment letter (doing so could cause risk of sickness after anaesthetic).

Treatment procedures
On arrival, you and your child will be shown to your room. Your child will be weighed, have their temperature taken and relevant medical details obtained. The surgeon and anaesthetist see all patients prior to operations – the youngest children normally go first. The anaesthetist will ask you whether you would like to be present while your child is put under anaesthetic. The anaesthetic is usually given by injection in the back of the hand, following local anaesthetic cream or by gas, which is held close to your child’s face until they become drowsy.

Following the operation, your child will be taken straight to our recovery room. As soon as they begin to come around from the anaesthetic you can accompany the ward nurse to collect them.

Children are often restless when waking, but will soon settle down again and sleep off the effects of the anaesthetic. All patients stay on the ward for at least 3 to 4 hours. 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 regarding stitches, dressings, medication and any follow-up arrangements. 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.

Caring for Children | Parkside Suite Heatherwood

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