During & after
Day care surgery or procedure: Many surgeries, procedures, dental treatments and tests are booked as a day care surgery or procedure. This means your child is able to return home on the same day as the surgery or procedure.
Admit day of surgery: Patients come in on the day of the surgery or procedure and are admitted to a hospital bed for a longer stay.
- Your child's BC Services Card or BC CareCard.
- Loose-fitting clothes for your child to wear home.
- Your child's favourite book, toy or blanket.
- Your child's housecoat and non-skid slippers or shoes.
- Your child's pacifier, usual feeding bottle or sippy cup.
- A pen and paper so you can take notes and write down any questions you may have.
Once your child is asleep, a staff member will show you to the waiting area. While you wait you can go for a short walk to get a coffee or a bite to eat. This can help you feel calm and ready to support your child when they wake up.
After the surgery or procedure is finished your child's doctor will come to the waiting room to explain how everything went. It is important to be available in the waiting room at this time.
As soon as it is safe to do so a staff member will invite you to be with your child after their surgery or procedure. Every effort is made to have you at the bedside before your child wakes up however, they may be just waking up when you arrive. Your child may be drowsy, confused, restless or upset when they wake up. Keep the bed rails up and stay at your child's side for their safety.
Your child will stay in recovery until they are awake and comfortable.
- If your child is having a day surgery or procedure, a nurse will explain how you can take care of your child at home. This includes what and when to feed your child, and how to keep them comfortable.
- If your child is staying overnight in the hospital, a nurse will coordinate their transfer to the ward.
Children all recover differently. The staff will give you a general idea of the time your child will be ready to return home. Please know, the time is not exactly known and can change. Before you leave, the nurse will discuss how to care for your child once you return home.
For safety purposes, you must take your child home in a vehicle. If this is not possible please let your nurse know.