Your Hospital Visit

What do I need to bring?

When you come into hospital you will need to bring:

Children's ward patient James Cook Hospital

  • Your nightie or pyjamas
  • A wash bag with shampoo and soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nappies (if you wear them)
  • Your favourite teddy or dummy
  • A change of clean clothes
  • Your own drinking cup or bottle

Who can visit and who can stay with me?

Children's ward corridor

Your mummy and daddy can both stay overnight with you while you are in hospital and can visit at anytime.

Grandma, grandad, brothers and sisters plus other family and friends can visit from after breakfast until supper time from 10am to 7pm.

What happens to me when I come into hospital?

Ward 21

When you arrive on the ward you will see a nurse who will take your temperature, listen to your lungs and heart with a stethoscope and see how much you weigh and how tall you are.

The nurse will also talk to your mummy and daddy about how and why you feel poorly.

This will all be written down for when the doctor comes to see you. The doctor will look in your ears and throat, listen to your chest and then plan what to do to make you feel better.

You will then be moved to a bed and the nurse looking after you will come to say hello. You will have one nurse for the daytime and one for the night time.

Will I need to have any medicine?

Children's ward patient

Sometimes when you are in hospital you will need to take some medicine. This can be from a spoon or syringe.

Sometimes you may need to have a special medicine which is given through a tube into your hand. If you need this type of medicine the nurse will put a magic cream on your hand first. It does not hurt when the tube is put in thanks to the magic cream.

Are there any toys?

Playroom James Cook Hospital

Our playrooms are full of toys and games for children of all ages. We have games consoles, dolls, cars, games, paints, crayons and lots more.

The playrooms are open from after breakfast until tea time.

What will I have to eat?

Postman Pat meal trolley

We have toast and cereal for breakfast that comes on a trolley in the morning when you wake up. Then we give you menus so you can choose what you want for lunch and tea.

There are lots of nice things to choose from including chicken nuggets and chips, curry and rice and sandwiches.

At James Cook meals are brought to the ward in a Postman Pat van which plays the Postman Pat theme tune so you can hear him coming!