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.
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.
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.