You will receive a letter from the consultant’s secretary stating the ward your child is to be admitted onto. It would normally be Ward 8, Great North Children’s Hospital, at the R.V.I. but please read your letter carefully. If you require transport into the hospital, you should contact your GP’s surgery as soon as you get the letter to allow sufficient time for arrangements to be made
Staff from the ward will ring the evening before the admission to answer any queries you may have. Please ensure that the hospital has your current contact number in your child’s notes.
You will have to starve your child of food and drink. You child should have nothing to eat and no formula milk to drink from 7.00am on the day of the procedure. This included chewing gum and sweets. Infants may take breast milk up to 9.00am.
Clear fluids should be taken until 11.00am. Clear fluids are water or dilute Blackcurrant only and you should encourage your child to drink until that time. When you arrive, the nurse will record your child’s weight, temperature, pulse and breathing rate. The nurse will also apply EMLA local anaesthetic cream (magic cream) on your child’s hands/arms in preparation for the injection, which makes them go to sleep. Please tell the nurse if your child is unable to have this cream for any reason.