Welcome to the children’s wards at City and Sandwell Hospitals. We hope to make your child’s stay with us as comfortable and positive as possible.
Our ward at City Hospital (ward D19) is a short-stay ward for children of all ages. Our ward at Sandwell Hospital is for children who need to stay in hospital for longer than a day.
What should I bring with me for my child’s stay?
- Any medications you are already taking
- Comfortable clothes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
Please do not bring:
- Towels or flannels – we can give your child towels and flannels to use because it can be hard to get these dry.
What will happen when I arrive at the ward?
You and your child will be welcomed by a friendly nurse who will show you child to their bed. The nurse will ask you some questions about your child’s health. They will also measure their:
- Blood pressure
What is the daily routine?
8am – 9am: Breakfast – They can have toast and/or cereal
9am – 12noon: Doctors ward round – At some point during the morning the doctors will visit your child. They will want to know how they are and might examine them.
12noon: Lunch – There is a choice of sandwiches, fruit and crisps
5pm – 5.30pm: Dinner/supper – This is a hot meal which you choose from a menu earlier in the day. Special menus are available for different dietary needs.
When are they allowed visitors?
Your parents can visit and stay with their child whenever they are able to, day or night. One of you can stay with the child overnight and sleep in the reclining chair next to the bed.
Other visitors can come between 10am and 7pm. We only allow 2 people to visit at the same time.
Where will my child be on the ward?
We try to put all children of similar ages in the same area of the ward. We also try to put boys together and girls together but there are some times when this is not possible. You should be asked if you mind your child sharing with members of the opposite sex. There are single-sex toilets and showers.
What is there to do on the ward?
There are lots of things on the ward to keep your child entertained:
- TVs by the bed – These have standard TV channels. At City hospital they are always free; at Sandwell Hospital they are free from 7am until 7pm and are then £1 for 2 hours. The TVs also have 8 games and a hospital radio station on them which are always free.
- DVD and videos – We have a wide selection of DVDs and videos on the ward for your child to watch.
- Games consoles – There is a Playstation, Xbox and a Nintendo Wii.
- Magazines – We have a weekly supply of popular magazines.
- Arts and crafts activities
Will my child have to have a blood test?
Your child might have to have some blood taken at some point depending on what injury or illness they have sustained.
To take their blood we use a small needle. We can apply a cream to the area where we take blood from to numb it first so they won’t feel the needle. The cream takes just over half an hour to work. If your child is scared of needles then tell us so we can find ways of making it easier for them.
What will happen if they are having an operation?
If your child is having an operation the procedure will be explained to you. You will then need to sign a consent form to say that you are happy for the operation to go ahead.
We do allow one of the parents to go with the child and stay with them until they are asleep.