Your child may have surgery at one of several hospitals including
- Children’s Hospital at Westmead
- Westmead Private Hospital
- Sydney Adventist Hospital
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Each hospital is slightly different with respect to its paperwork, and admission process so please read the following carefully
For each hospital your doctor will fill in admission paperwork, which will be submitted by our rooms to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Private Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital. For the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, your doctor will fill in an admission booklet and give it to you to post to a reply paid address.
To complete the admission process for Westmead Private Hospital or the
Sydney Adventist Hospital please follow click on your respective hospital. You will be directed to an admission link on each site, which will enable you to complete further hospital admission paperwork and health questionnaire online.
Arrival and Fasting Times
If your child is having surgery at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead , Westmead Private Hospital or the Sydney Adventist Hospital you will receive a call 1-2 days prior to surgery to inform you of what time to arrive at the hospital, where to present to and what fasting times should be followed prior to surgery.
For the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital written instructions will be provided to you with your paperwork. You will not however receive a call prior to surgery. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor please present to ward 6CW at 7:00am on the day of your surgery. Please give your child nothing to eat or drink from 1:00am.
Fasting means not eating or drinking for a certain amount of time. It is very important for your child to fast before surgery. If your child has food or fluid in their stomach during an anaesthetic they may vomit, which could then enter their lungs. Your child must have nothing to eat or drink (not even a sip of water from the time you are told to fast).
What to bring for your child's day surgery
- Make sure you have everything listed below ready to show hospital staff:
- Medicare card
- Health insurance details or evidence of current fund membership
- A list of medications or treatments your child is currently receiving, as well as the medications themselves to show hospital staff
- A favourite toy , comforter or Electronics (iPad or DVD player)
- Your family doctor's name, address and phone number
- Your general paediatrician's name, address and phone number if your child sees one regularly
- Any relevant x-rays and results from pathology tests.
What to bring for overnight stays
For overnight stays, there are some additional things to bring:
- Clothes (including pyjamas and slippers), shoes
- Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush
- A favourite toy or comforter, or Electronics (iPad or DVD player), colouring pencils or games
- Money for your meals, parking
- Change for vending machines
Storage space on the wards is limited so please do not bring too much with you.