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Here are some helpful tips to prepare for your child's visit.
Explain the reason for the visit, using word's your child can understand. Always answer questions honestly.
Let your child know you will be there throughout the entire appointment.
Infants: bring comfort items (such as a toy or blanket) to help your baby feel more secure. If babies are due to be fed, come prepared with a bottle of food. Change facilities are available, nappies are not provided.
Toddlers: use simple language to discuss the visit with your child. Explain what will take place just before your visit. Your child can bring a book or favorite toy. You can also bring food or drinks for your child or there are plenty of cafes near specialist clinics where these can be purchased.
Pre-schoolers: answer questions truthfully, using words your child understands. Tell your child the specialist's name. Encourage them to ask do questions about what will happen. A snack or drink will help a hungry or thirsty pre-schooler during your wait.
School-age: give honest and accurate information. Tell them about the appointment a couple of days in advance. Emphasis that an outpatient visit is not a hospital admission and does not mean an overnight stay. Bring your child's favorite toy or game.
Teenager: inform your teenager about the appointment when you make it. Encourage them to ask questions and express feelings. Answer questions honestly. Let them know it's OK to ask the doctors and nurses questions.
Please bring the following to your child's appointment:
Find the Specialist Clinics.
If it is your first visit to a specialist clinic or if your contact
details have changed, please head
directly to your clinic’s main desk. All new
patients to The Royal Children's Hospital will be required to
complete a registration with a member of our team.
For subsequent visits, please use the automated self-check in kiosks to register when you arrive.
need to have a test or X-ray performed before seeing the doctor. If this is the
case, a time will be scheduled close to your appointment. You should receive a
letter informing you of this.
you need to have any pathology (blood) or radiology (X-ray) tests before your
clinic appointment, you should have these before you check-in at the screen or
on the check-in app.
Please note that some
private appointments are held in the consulting offices at 48 Flemington Road,
which is attached to the RCH building. Refer to your appointment letter or text
message, and speak to staff at the main reception desk when you enter the
hospital if you require further direction.
It is recommended that you allow up to 2 hours for your visit.
We understand that it is difficult for children to wait and will endeavour to see everyone at their allocated appointment time, however unexpected delays may occur.
Play therapist provide distraction for children having procedures in Specialist clinics.
Trained volunteers also assist play therapists by providing play activities for children while they wait for their appointment.