Tom's Day Case Surgery
Tom has a lump on his tummy. All the other boys
think his tummy looks funny when he goes swimming. Mum takes Tom to
see their GP. He says Tom will have to go to hospital for a new
Tom comes to the out-patients department
where the doctor has a look at his tummy. He says he can fix it but
Tom will have to come into hospital for the day to have an
operation. After the operation he can go home with mum and dad to
On the day of Tom's operation Tom comes to
the hospital with his dad. His parents were told in a letter not to
give Tom any food so he wasn't allowed any breakfast, only a drink
Tom and dad go to the Central Admissions
office. They meet a lady who asks Tom and his dad some questions
about their GP and where they live. She then tells Tom and his dad
which ward Tom must go to for his operation.
On the ward the play specialist talks to Tom
about his operation. Tom pretends to be an anaesthetist. He gives
the bear some medicine in a syringe just like the real anaesthetist
will do when Tom goes to the operation theatre. He also gives the
bear some special air to breathe through a mask.
The nurse tells Tom that she needs to get him
ready for his operation. She puts a band on his wrist with his name
and a special number on. "It's so we know who you are," she
The nurse puts a little clip on Tom's finger.
This shows how much oxygen is in his body and how fast his heart is
beating. The nurse also checks Tom's blood pressure. The blue cuff
on his arm goes very tight but it does not hurt.
Next the nurse weighs Tom on a special chair.
Then the nurse takes Tom's temperature in his ear. The nurse asks
Tom and his dad some questions. She writes everything down in a
The doctor comes to see Tom. She listens to
his heart and chest through a stethoscope. She is checking that Tom
is well. The anaesthetist then comes to talk to Tom and his dad. He
tells Tom that he will put a cannula into the back of his hand. He
will then give him some special medicine to make him have a sleep.
Then the doctor can mend his tummy.
The nurse puts a special gown on Tom and then
some special 'magic cream' on his hand. This makes Tom's skin feel
numb so it doesn't hurt when the anaesthetist puts the cannula in.
The nurse then gives Tom some pain medicine to help stop his tummy
being sore after the operation.
The nurse tells Tom, "It's time for your
operation". Tom, dad and the nurse walk down to the day case
operating theatre. Tom meets the theatre staff.
The theatre staff ask Tom his name and check
the special number on his wrist band. Tom then lies on a trolley in
the anaesthetic room. The anaesthetist who he met before puts the
cannula into his hand. It does not hurt because he has had the
'magic cream' on.
After his operation Tom goes into the
recovery room to wake up. The recovery nurse asks Tom's dad to come
from the ward to sit by Tom while he wakes up.
When Tom has woken up he goes back into the
ward on a trolley. He needs to rest in his bed for a while. The
nurse helps him move off the trolley onto the bed.
While Tom has a sleep his dad reads his
magazine. The nurse comes and checks that Tom's pulse and breathing
are fine after his operation.
When Tom wakes up he has a drink of juice. He
is very hungry so he has some toast. It tastes good. Tom is nearly
ready to go home but his tummy feels a little bit sore. The nurse
gives him some more pain medicine.
The nurse shows Tom's dad the pain medicines
for him to take home. She explains the information leaflet so that
Tom's mum and dad will know when to give Tom his pain medicine at
Before he goes home, Tom has a play on the
computer. Tom is ready to go home. He has enjoyed his stay. He
waves goodbye to the nurse.
When Tom gets home, his mum lets him lie of
the settee and watch TV. Tom's mum makes sure that he has some pain
medicine so that his tummy will not start hurting. A few days later
Tom is better from his operation and ready to play outside on his