My day stay appointment
Children’s Day Care is located on the 6th floor of The Royal London Hospital, in ward 6B. Children come here for all different reasons.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will first meet with the receptionist who will ask for your name and your birthday. You can help the receptionist by bringing your appointment letter with you so that you can be booked in quicker.
You then may be asked to wait in the waiting room for your name to be called. There are many toys and activities for you to play with while you wait in the waiting room. Once the ward is ready for you, they will bring you back and weigh you, take your temperature and blood pressure. They will also give you your own bed for you to wait in for the day.
The nurse will give you a tour around the ward and ask your parent/carer more questions. You will meet with many people throughout the day. If you have come in for an operation you will also meet a doctor and the anaesthetist. The doctor will be the one performing your procedure and can answer any questions you have about being in hospital. The anaesthetist is the one who will give you the sleepy medicine for your procedure. The anaesthetist will try to give two options that you have to go to sleep and help you and your parent/carer may be able to choose the best one for you.
You may also meet with a play specialist. The play specialist is there to help you understand what will happen. They may show you a preparation book of pictures of the rooms you might see that day. He/she can answer any questions that you have about being in the hospital. The play specialist will be able to bring you toys, DVDs, arts and craft activities that you can play with while you wait for your procedure. Please remember to bring important things with you that help reduce you when you are bored or worried. Play resources are limited and shared between all patients in the hospital. There are also sometimes special entertainers that come to visit and provide different shows for the patients!