All new patients to The Royal Children's Hospital
will be required to complete a registration form on arrival at your
On the day of your appointment please bring your
Here are some useful tips to prepare you child for their
Infants: bring a familiar object (such as a toy
or blanket) with you to help make your baby feel more secure. If
babies are due to be fed, come prepared with a bottle or food.
Toddlers: use simple words and phrases to
discuss the visit with your child. Explain exactly what will take
place right before the visit. Let your child bring a book or
favourite toy. Bring juice or water if your visit is likely to last
longer than one hour.
Preschoolers: answer questions truthfully,
using words your child understands. Tell your child the doctor's
name. Encourage your child to ask the doctors and nurses questions
about what will happen. A snack or juice may help a hungry or
thirsty preschooler during your wait.
School-age children: give honest and accurate
information. Tell him or her about the appointment a couple of days
in advance. Emphasise that an outpatient visit is not a hospital
admission and does not mean an overnight stay. Have your child
bring a special toy or game.
Teenagers: inform your teenager about the
appointment when you make it. Encourage him or her to ask questions
and express feelings. Answer questions honestly. Also, assure your
teen that it is OK to ask questions of the doctors and nurses.
Play Therapists are employed in Specialist Clinics.
Play activities are provided for children while they wait for
their appointment. Play therapists are assisted by trained
The Royal Children's Hospital provides a full range of
diagnostic and testing services.
In some cases you may need to have a test or x-ray performed
prior to seeing the doctor. If this is the case, Specialist
Clinics will schedule a time as close as possible to your
appointment. You will receive a letter advising you of this.
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