The surgeon contacts the hospital to arrange the surgery and then gives you a date. Hospital Admitting phones you about one week before this date to pre-register your child.
A nurse from the Day Care Unit will call you one working day before the procedure. They will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
- Day care surgery: Many surgeries, dental treatments and tests are booked as day care surgery. This means your child is able to return home on the same day.
- Admit day of surgery: patients come in on the day of the surgery and are admitted to a hospital bed for a longer stay.
If your doctor wants tests and measurements before the surgery, a nurse will call to set up a time for your child to go to the Pre-admission Clinic.
- Surgery appointment information (i.e. doctor’s name, department name and location)
- Name, address and telephone number of your referring doctor
- Name, address and telephone number of your family doctor (if different from above)
- BC CareCard/BC services card
- The completed medical history form, if one was given to you.
- An empty bottle if you have a baby who likes a special nipple.
Your child should have a bath and hair washed. Please remove any makeup, nail polish or jewelry from your child.
If your child has long hair tie it back the morning of the procedure.
Nice to have:
- Housecoat and slippers for your child (not essential)
- Loose fitting clothes for your child to go home in
- Pillow and bed linen if you, the parent or guardian, plan to stay overnight with your child
- A comfort item for your child (favorite toy or blanket).
- Books, small toys, magazines if your child is being admitted to hospital.
- Your child should have a bath and hair washed. Please remove any makeup, nail polish or jewelry from your child.
While you are at the hospital:
While your child is in surgery,the staff in the Day Care Unit will show you where to wait. If you go for a walk or leave for a snack, tell the volunteer and write your name and where you are going on the communication board. If you are in your child’s room, ask the unit clerk for a pager so that we can let you know as soon as you can join your child.
After the surgery or procedure, your child goes to the Post-anesthetic Care Unit. This unit is staffed with nurses trained to care for children recovering from an anesthetic or heavy sedation. While your child is unconscious, a nurse will give care to your child only. After your child wakes, the nurse may divide attention between your child and one other.
The safe recovery of your child is always our first concern. In the Post-anesthetic Care Unit, the staff must be able to respond quickly. A crowded space is not easy to move through. This is why we ask that only one family member stay with the child.
Your child may be confused and restless after the medication and surgery. Please keep the stretcher side rails up unless you have checked with your child’s nurse. Stay near your child’s bedside and respect the privacy of other patients and families. You can bring your child’s favourite toy, pillow, or blanket into unit. It will help your child feel secure.
When your child is ready, she or he returns to Day Care or goes to the ward.
Children all recover differently. The time when your child will be ready to return home is not known exactly. The staff will give you a general idea. Before you leave, the nurse will discuss the care your child will need at home.
We strongly advise that someone drive you home so you can give full attention to your child. If no family or friend is available, consider taking a cab. We advise you not to travel home with your child on the bus.