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How can we be prepared for coming into hospital?

Be honest and talk to your child regardless of their age, whether they are a child or a young person, about hospital and what is going to happen.

You and your child can visit the hospital before admission. This will give you both a chance to ask questions, listen to advice and tell us about any specific requirements your child may have.

How long will my child be in hospital?

Please ask the ward staff who will discuss your child's discharge arrangements with you.

What if my child is unwell before admission for surgery?

Surgery will be postponed if your child has or recently had:

Up to four weeks before admission:

  • Been in contact with chickenpox
  • Not been immunised and has been in contact with measles, mumps or rubella

Up to two weeks before admission:

  • Has had a productive cough, cold, nasal discharge or temperature

Admission will then be rearranged for a later date.

If your child is admitted for surgery and develops a temperature following admission, the operation will be postponed until later. Your child will be discharged home and a new admission date will be agreed with you.

What if my child has specific requirements?

If you or your child has specific requirements please ask to speak to the person in charge of the ward/unit on your child's admission.

Consent to treatment.

You may need to sign a consent form. Please ensure that the person who has legal responsibility for your child accompanies them to hospital. The people who can give consent are:

  • The child's mother
  • The child's father if he is married to the mother*
  • A legally appointed guardian with a residence order
  • A local authority with a designated care order

Note: If the child was born before 1st December 2003 and the child's father is not married to the mother, to give consent he must have acquired parental responsibility through the courts.

If the child was born after 1st December 2003 and the child's father is not married to the mother, to give consent he must either have registered the child's birth jointly with the mother or acquired parental responsibility through the courts.

Please note: All relevant documentation must be produced on admission otherwise we will not be able to treat your child.

More information about consent is available at: Department of Health.

What will we need to bring?

Medication: Please bring any medication your child is taking. This includes all medicines, inhalers, creams or other medication that your child takes. You should give these to a member of the ward staff on arrival.

Personal Belongings: These are suggested items that you and your child may wish to bring if your child is admitted as a day case:

  • Nappies
  • Books/comics/DVDs (please label these)
  • Comfort toys (avoid expensive toys)

If your child is admitted for one night or longer you should bring the items listed above as well as the following:

  • Day and night clothes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Facecloth and soap
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Towel
  • Your own tea, coffee, milk (please label these)
  • Mobile phones are not permitted on wards. Please ask the person in charge of the ward/unit about the use of mobile phones.

Please note: Any personal belongings are the responsibility of the parent/carer. There is limited storage space at each bed.


  • Breast feeding facilities are available. Please ask the ward staff.
  • If your child is following a diet or on a feed recommended by your doctor or dietitian please contact the ward or your dietitian 2 days before admission so we can arrange this for you.
  • You will be given a menu each day to help your child select their food. A range of meals are available including many special diets e.g. Halal, Kosher and vegetarian. Please speak to your child's nurse.

Can I stay overnight?

Yes, but we can only provide sleeping facilities for one parent/carer. This may be by your child's bed or in parent accommodation.

What are the visiting hours and who can visit?

  • On the day of your child's operation please keep visitors to a minimum.
  • Parents and carers can visit at any time.
  • Other visitors are welcome but are asked to leave by 8.00 pm as children will be settling to sleep.
  • As space per bed is limited we ask that your child has no more than four visitors at any one time.
  • All children visiting who are under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. It is the parents' and carers' responsibility to supervise their children at the hospital.
  • If you or any visitors have been exposed to any infections such as chicken pox, measles, diarrhoea and vomiting please check with staff before entering the ward.

For more details:

Inpatient leaflet

Car Parking

Go to plan your visit, parking details

Catering Facilities

There are two places to eat in the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital as well as a shop selling all the essentials and things to keep the kids entertained which is on the left past the main entrance.

Yoo Restaurant is open 24 hours, seven days a week and serves a wide range of food including hot meals, sandwiches and snacks, drinks and confectionary. If your child is an inpatient they should not be taken into the restaurant to eat. Halal and Kosher meals are available but you need to order this 24 hours in advance.You Restaurant is situated next door to Yoo Coffee Shop.

  • Breakfast - 7.30 am to 11.00 am
  • Lunch - 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm
  • Snack Service - 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Evening Meal - 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Snack Service - 6.00 to 7.30 pm
  • Snack Service - 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm
  • Call Order Service - 10.00 pm to 6.00 am

You Coffee Shop is open between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm. It serves a delicious array of fresh pastries and snacks, tantalising Costa coffee and a tasty variety of sandwiches and paninis. You Coffee Shop is situated straight ahead past the out-patients department.

There is a restaurant located at each hospital serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks.

Infection Conrol Advice

The Trust is participating in the Clean Your Hands campaign and actively encourages staff, patients and visitors to wash their hands, whilst visiting and carrying out patient care.

All visitors/parents/carers please use the Alcohol Hand gel from the dispenser before entering and leaving the ward you are visiting. If you are unable to access the gel, please ask the ward staff to assist.

Indications for hand washing include:

  • After visiting a toilet or using a commode
  • After changing nappies
  • Before meal times - please ask ward staff if facilities aren't readily accessible
  • Before and after participating in any nursing care e.g. suctioning a tracheostomy tube

Please inform the ward staff if you or any of your child's brothers and sisters has an infection that may be passed on to others. Coughs and colds may not be a problem for yourselves or your children, but may be more serious if passed on to other more vulnerable children in hospital.

Prayer Rooms

There is a multi-faith Prayer Room available on each site. If you wish to speak to a faith leader please ask a member of staff.

Alcohol/Recreational Drugs

Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the hospital premises. Parents or visitors who are considered to be intoxicated or in possession of alcohol or recreational drugs will be asked to leave the hospital.

Smoke free hospitals

The Trust operates a Smoke Free Policy. Smoking is not allowed in the hospital buildings. Smoking is only permitted in the designated external smoking shelters.

We are a teaching hospital

The Trust is involved in teaching medical, nursing and other students and because of this there may be students on the ward. Staff will ask you beforehand if you would mind students being present.

Although we would appreciate your agreement, we do realise that you and your child may wish to talk with the doctor/nurse privately. We will always respect your wishes and whatever you decide will not affect your child's treatment in any way.

Zero Tolerance Policy

We are committed to the well-being and safety of our patients and our staff. Please treat other patients and staff with the courtesy and respect that you would expect to receive.

Verbal abuse, harassment and physical violence are unacceptable and may lead to prosecutions.