Children as Patients At Saint Francis Private Hospital

Children as Patients

children as patients

St Francis Private Hospital is committed to providing a service which meets the needs of the children we care for while staying with us.

We have a well trained staff with the required paediatric expertise, both in theatre and the wards.

We have a robust Child Protection Policy to ensure our adherence to safeguarding children, with the welfare of the child being paramount.

We hope that by giving you the following information you and your child will be able to prepare for their hospital admission with minimum anxiety.

There are many things that you can do to prepare your child for coming into hospital. All children (except infants too young to understand) should be told:

  • That they are going into hospital
  • That they will be having an operation or investigation
  • Some basic information about what will happen to them when they are in hospital

Everything should be explained to your child in a way that he/she can understand.

  • Children between 2 and 3 years of age should be told 2 - 3 days before and again on the day of admission
  • Children between 4 and 7 years of age should be told 4 - 7 days before the day of admission
  • Older children will usually be involved in making decisions about the operation or investigation and discussion can take place a few weeks before the day of admission

Some ideas of what to say:

  • Explain that the operation or investigation will help your child to get better
  • Use simple words your child understands
  • Encourage your child to talk about the operation and ask questions. Books, games and stories can help
  • Tell your child about timing - when he or she will have the operation or investigation and how long their stay in hospital will be
  • If your child will be staying in hospital overnight, let him or her know that you will be able to stay too
  • Your child can help pack his or her own bag and decide which nightclothes and toys to bring
  • Please let us know in advance any special requirements your child has and we will do whatever we can to help

On the day of surgery.

If your child is having a surgical procedure, the consent must be signed by a legal guardian/parent. If a legal guardian is not present to sign the consent, surgery will have to be cancelled. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by one parent/guardian for the duration of their stay.

Your child may be able to wear his or her own clothes to the operating theatre.

Parents or guardians are permitted to escort their child into the theatre area before surgery and will be alerted by ward staff when their child is due back to the ward from theatre recovery.

Facilities are available for a parent or guardian to stay with their child overnight when necessary.

Night attire and toiletries are necessary, if admitted for an overnight stay.

Please feel free to bring any special toy or keepsake your child may have to make the stay in hospital as comfortable as possible for them.

Vaccinations/Immunisations and Infectious Illness:

Your child should not attend for a planned operation/procedure for 4 weeks following a BCG or MMR. For all other vaccinations, your child should not attend the hospital for a planned operation for one week after he/she has received the vaccine.

If your child has had an infectious illness, or has been in contact with an infectious illness (for example chicken pox, measles, mumps), in the six weeks before a planned operation, it is advised that your child does not attend the hospital. Please contact the nursing staff at the Day Unit for further information.

Download this page as a printable PDF.

Download our child friendly information leaflet for children under 10.

Download our child friendly information leaflet for children aged 10 to 16.

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