Will I be able to stay with my child overnight? Yes, a bed will be provided for one parent to stay overnight.
What are the visiting times? It is open visiting. However, we do recommend that visitors leave by 22:00 hours so both parent and child can settle for the night.
What do I need to bring with me? If your child has got a favourite toy do bring them in. You will need a nightie/pyjamas and toiletries.
What is a general anaesthetic? A general anaesthetic ensures that your child is fully asleep and free of pain during a test or operation. It consists of a combination of drugs given either as gas to breathe, or as an injection. General anaesthetics are only given by anaesthetists.
Why should my child not eat or drink before having an anaesthetic? It is important that your child’s stomach is empty as possible as this reduces the risk of vomiting during the operation. Usually, no food or milk should be taken for six hours before surgery, but water and/or clear fluids can be given up to three hours before surgery.
Will I be able to stay with my child while he/she goes to sleep? Yes, both parents are very welcome to go to the anaesthetic room and you will be able to stay until your child is asleep. Once he/she is asleep, the nurse will accompany you back to your room.
How will my child be given the anaesthetic? Your child will either have an anaesthetic gas to breathe or an injection depending on age. Anaesthetic gas takes a minute or two to work. The anaesthetist uses a face mask to give the anaesthetic gas, while your child is in your arms sitting on your lap. If your child is having an anaesthetic by injection, ‘magic cream’ is put on the hand about an hour before surgery. This numbs the skin so that a small plastic tube (cannula) and needle can be put into the vein. The anaesthetic is injected through this cannula.
Will my child be in pain? While your child is asleep, pain relief is given t help make him/her as comfortable as possible after surgery. The type and strength of pain relief given depends on the procedure or operation and this will be discussed with you beforehand.
Will my child need to have any tests? It is our aim to reduce the number of visits you need to make to central London.
When there is a urological concern, we try to arrange diagnostic testing on the day of your consultation so that the results are available to the consultant at the time of your visit. If further assessment is required we will arrange this for your child after your initial visit.
With general surgical problems it is more common to attend the appointment with the consultant who will then decide whether testing is required.
What will the cost of my treatment be? Costs vary depending on the type of surgery and the length of stay required.
If you are self-pay we will obtain a quote for you from the hospital. This quote will consist of the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charges.
If you have medical insurance we will provide you with the procedure code(s) for the operation.
Please note that medical insurance cover can vary significantly between policies and providers so it is always best to check with your insurer to find out if your treatment costs will be covered in full.