If you are
bringing your child to The Royal Children's Hospital for any surgical
procedure, you will come to Reception J - Surgery, located in the East Building
on Level 3 - Tree Tops, via the yellow lifts.
The RCH Guide provides
plenty of useful information about preparing your child, and what to bring for
their hospital stay.
staff caring for your child on the day of surgery will make every effort to
ensure that their stay with us is as comfortable as possible.
Have you received a SMS with a date for surgery?
Please follow the instructions below.
- Confirm or
reorganise a surgery date, call the surgical team on (03) 9345 6182 (press 1).
- Two days before
the procedure, please call the pre-admission clinic on (03) 9345 4193 to
confirm that your child is well. The preadmission clinic is open Monday
to Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Please note the clinic is unable to accept
calls after 12:00pm.
It is important
that your child does not eat or drink anything for a number of hours before the
procedure. If your child has something to eat or drink, it may cause the
operation to be delayed or cancelled. It is a good idea to wake your child in
time to have some clear fluids on the day of surgery.
You may cancel surgery on one occasion only. If you
defer your child’s surgery date a second time, she/he could be removed from the
surgical waiting list.
- Failure to
confirm will result in your surgery date being offered to another child.
- Failure to
attend surgery will result in your child being removed from the waiting list.
- On occasion,
beds are required for emergency admissions. Should this occur, another date will
be arranged for your child's procedure.
Frequently asked questions
What time will my child have the procedure?
will experience a wait prior to going into theatre. The length of this
wait can vary considerably. It is a good idea to bring toys, books or games to
help pass the time.
What should I bring?
- Your Medicare
card, X-rays/scans, regular medication(s) & any paperwork you have been
- For overnight
admissions: clean pyjamas, toiletries, and nappies if required.
- Your child's
favourite comfort object, e.g. dummy, teddy bear, blanket, etc.
- Dress your child
in loose, comfortable clothes and bring a spare change of clothes.
- Make sure your
child has showered or bathed and has brushed their teeth.
- Ensure your
child is not wearing any makeup, jewellery or nail polish.
- Please organise
alternative care for your other children.
- If your child is
usually on formula feeds, please bring your first two bottles ready to give to
your child in recovery immediately post-surgery. Please note in some instances
your child may not be allowed to feed at this time due to the type of surgery
your child has had.
Can my child still take regular medications?
regular oral medications at their usual time unless otherwise requested by your
can be taken with a sip of clear fluid.
Two weeks before the procedure, discontinue use of 'Nurofen' (Ibuprofen), fish
oil, vitamins, herbal remedies and any other alternative medicines, unless you
have been advised otherwise by the treating unit.
Can I stay with my child on the ward?
an overnight admission is planned, one parent is welcome to stay on the ward.
Please note, the ward will be able to accommodate only one parent or guardian.
Unfortunately siblings are not able to stay on the ward.
What if my child's condition changes?
your child develops an infection, high temperature, and/or a cold please
contact us as soon as possible on (03) 9345 4193.
Travel and parking
Driving to your appointment?
Car parking is easy at the RCH with additional spaces now open at 48 Flemington Rd, adjoining the hospital. For details visit car parking.
Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)
If you live more than 100km away from the hospital, you may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance from the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).
Claim forms are available from the RCH’s Family Hub, clinic desks and Main Street Reception, or you can download the form here.
Your medical specialist will need to complete some sections of the form before you can claim.
Equivalent schemes are available in each state for interstate residents.
For more information, ask a RCH staff member or visit the Department of Health website.