Getting ready

What happens when I admitted to hospital?

You should arrive at the main desk at the specified time. Someone will check that they have all your correct details and tell you which ward to go to.

If you like, you can visit the hospital with your parent/carer before your admission. This will give you both a chance to ask questions, listen to advice and tell us if you have any specific requirements. To arrange this, please call the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on 0161 701 0695 and ask to speak to the 'Bee Prepared' Co-ordinator.

You may be frightened of needles or worried about having an operation. If so, please call our Therapeutic & Specialised Play Services team on 0161 701 5504. They can help you deal with any fears you have, when you come into hospital or if you are attending a clinic. You can also contact them if you have any specific needs because you have a disability or need extra help for any other reason.

If you have any questions about being in hospital or your treatment, please ask one of our staff. We are here to take care of you and make sure you don't feel upset or worried. There are a lot of doctors, nurses and other staff on the wards but don't worry about forgetting our names. We all wear name badges and we're happy to tell you who we are and what we do.

What should I bring with me when I am staying in hospital?

Have a good think about what you will need. Bring clothes and shoes for daytime plus night clothes, a dressing gown and slippers. Don't forget toiletries and anything you need every day, including any medicine you are taking.

You may want to pack things like DVDs, a laptop, computer games, an iPod or MP3 player, books, magazines and a pen and notepad. Please label your stuff; the hospital is not responsible if anything gets lost or damaged. If you're staying for more than a few days you'll also need to bring your school work.

What happens when I visit out-patients?

You will need to book in at the reception desk. The receptionist will check that your details are correct and tell you where to wait. Please be patient as appointment times can vary. Patients are seen in the order of their appointment time.

A member of staff will call your name. You may have your weight, height and blood pressure checked and you may need to provide a urine or blood sample. If you require a blood test, local anaesthetic cream may be applied. This can take up to one hour to work. This will be discussed with you at the time.

Where can I use my mobile phone?

The use of mobile phones is restricted to:
  • The waiting rooms and the main hospital corridors
  • Designated areas in wards and clinical areas - but please first speak to the nurse in charge.