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(FAQ) frequently-asked-questions

I am not a biological parent but have parental responsibility for the child coming in to hospital do I need to bring anything with me?

Yes please, bring the court order or proof from social services. 

Why do I need to fast my child before surgery?

If your child eats before a general anaesthetic then they may vomit and become very ill. 

If you feed your child this may mean your child's operation is cancelled.

Why on admission will I be asked about brothers and sisters?

This is due to safeguarding reasons so that staff looking after your child knows the family dynamics.

Why do I need to come so early for surgery?

The Doctor and Anaesthetist need to see all the patients on their list before the list starts so they are not interrupted. 

If my child is unwell what should I do?

Telephone the ward and ask for advice. If your child has Diarrhoea and Vomiting, Chicken Pox or Scarlett Fever do not attend the ward. Inform the ward of this.    

What should I bring with me on the day of surgery?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Overnight bag 

  • Cuddly toys

  • Toiletries

  • Any medication’s your child is on

  • Any mobile phone/tablet chargers

  • Books/magazines


What will my child need to wear for surgery?

Your child can wear pyjamas that are 100% cotton and button down the front, or we have gowns or dignity suits available.

I am a private patient what should I expect?

We don’t have any cubicles (side rooms) on Sunflower ward so shall be nursed in a bay with other children.