In this section
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
your child develops an infection, high temperature, and/or a cold please
contact us as soon as possible on (03) 9345 4193.
Car parking is easy at the RCH with additional spaces now open at 48 Flemington Rd, adjoining the hospital. For details visit car parking.
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.