What Happens When
What happens before I go to stay in
Want to have a look around?
If you like, you can visit the hospital before
you go in. Your mum or dad or carer can arrange this. It will give
you a chance to have a look around and ask questions.
Packing your bag
It might take a bit of time to pack your bag
before you go into hospital. Bring clothes for daytime and at
night. Don't forget your toothbrush and toothpaste and anything you
need every day. You may want to pack things like DVDs, computer
games, IPODs or MP3 players clearly labelled with name, books and
comics. If you're staying for more than a few days you'll also need
to bring your school work.
On the day
On the day you are going into hospital you
need to turn up at the Central Admissions reception desk. Someone
will ask for your name and other information and tell you which
ward to go to.
What happens when I have a blood
have a blood test, it is done so that your blood can be checked.
This will help the hospital to look after you.
Before you have the test you might be given a
special cream that makes your skin go numb. But even if you don't
have the cream, the blood test won't hurt much. The nurse or doctor
will use a needle to take a small amount of blood (a blood sample).
They usually take the blood from the inside of your elbow, your
wrist or the back of your hand.
Afterwards you will be asked to press on the
place where you had the test. This is to stop your arm from
bruising. Then you will be given a plaster or bandage to put on
Let the nurse or doctor know if you feel weak
or dizzy during the blood test.
Your blood sample is taken to a place called a
laboratory where it is checked.
What happens when I have an x-ray?
X-rays make pictures of bones and tissues
inside you. Doctors will send you to have an x-ray to find out if
you have a broken bone or a problem with other parts of your
X-ray radiation can pass through most of the
body but not through bones or some tissues. These areas will stand
out on the picture made by the x ray machine. Then the doctor can
have a good look at them.
The x-ray is taken by a radiologist. The
radiologist will tell you where to stand or lie and then switch on
the x-ray machine. The x-ray will pass through your body and create
a picture on a film. It usually takes just a few minutes. It won't
hurt you and there is no need to worry. Your mum or dad or carer
can stay with you. When you have an x-ray it is really important to
stay still, so that the picture is not blurry.
After the x-ray is developed you and the
doctor will be able to see it against a light box or on a computer
What happens when I have day surgery?
Read about what happened to Tom.
His story tells you what happens when you come to hospital for day
What happens when I go to
First of all go to the reception desk. The
receptionist will make a note of your name and other details and
then tell you where to sit. Sometimes you might have to wait for a
while. But, don't worry, you will know it is your turn when a
member of staff calls your name. They might want to check your
height and weight, do a blood test or some other checks. They will
talk to you about this.
After you have seen the doctor or nurse, your
mum or dad or carer may need to make an appointment for you to come
back to the hospital on another day.