Day Case Unit at Hinchingbrooke

Day Case Unit

Specialty: Paediatric Surgery

Location:  First Floor, car park 3, near Children's Outpatients, is the nearest parking facility 

Tel:  01480 423164

About our services
The ward provides a comprehensive paediatric service for elective day case surgery provided by surgical specialities from within Hinchingbrooke as well as visiting teams from Addenbrookes.  

The day case unit is open Monday to Friday, from 07:30 until 18:00.  

The day case unit is a modern and spacious environment with 6 beds. We also have additional indoor and outdoor play, and relaxation facilities.

Our staff
The service is staffed by a team of experienced registered sick children’s nurses. There is a specialist hospital play team. The surgical team is led by an experienced group of Consultants who are supported by the Paediatricians working on Holly. 

Facilities  

If you child required overnight admission they would be admitted onto Holly Ward where  one parent or carer is allowed to stay overnight and there are facilities to sleep by the child's bed. There is also a parent’s sitting room with a microwave and facilities to make beverages, as well as a TV and information board

Mobile phones

Mobile phones are allowed to be used on Holly Ward; however we do ask that you respect children and their families in neighbouring areas as calls can disturb patients and their families. 

  • Phones should therefore be used with consideration to others, we suggest they are switched to silent or vibrate. 

How to find us

The nearest car park is Car Park 3, near Children’s Outpatients. Come through this entrance and look for signs to Holly Ward/Day Case Unit. . Alternatively parking is available in the main car park and Holly ward is signposted from the main entrance.  There is a video buzzer on the entrance to the ward and when answered you will be let through where you need to report to our receptionist.  Please be vigilant for tailgating and do not let other on and off the ward.

My operation

What to bring into hospital

You may want to bring some of your favourite items with you when coming to Children’s Day Case:

  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste,hair brush, flannel
  • Clothes - underwear, nappies, comfortable clothes, pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown
  • Your teddy, comforter, special toy, activity (Nintendo DS)
  • Food or drink - your favourite snacks for after your operation 

After my operation

Being prepared for an operation is essential for recovery.  You may have received an information leaflet in your outpatients clinic – please refer to this as it will give you all the information that you require.

Mealtimes

Day case patients are offered lunch and/or evening meal, depending upon the time of surgery.  We  use a menu system for ordering meals, snacks etc. The ward housekeeper or your named nurse will come to every child to take the order for each meal.

  • Lunch is served between 12-1:15pm 
  • Evening meal is served between 5-6pm  


How to find us

The nearest car park is Car Park 3, near Children’s Outpatients. Come through this entrance and look for signs to Holly Ward.  Alternatively parking is available in the main car park and Holly ward is signposted from the main entrance.  There is a video buzzer on the entrance to the ward and when answered you will be let through where you need to report to our receptionist.  Please be vigilant for tailgating and do not let other on and off the ward.

Visiting times

Parents or carers are able to accompany their child on the day of surgery and one parent is able to go with their child to the anaesthetic room.  After surgery your child will need time to recuperate and are often very sleepy therefore we encourage quiet time and ask for other visitors where possible to visit once the child is at home. 

Additional information

Security

Keeping children and families safe is paramount.  We operate video entry access for getting in and out of the ward.

Providing consent

Consent must be obtained prior to your child undergoing any procedure or treatment during their visit to hospital. 

Most operation consents are already completed at a previous outpatient clinic appointment. However on the day of surgery it is essential that a parent or legal guardian attends with the child. This person must hold parental responsibility. 

Tablets and medications

It is very important that your child continues to take any prescribed medications until a medical person tells them otherwise. Please discuss with your doctor at admission any medication that your child is taking, including homeopathic and over the counter remedies. 

Any medications that are brought in for your child need to be given to the nurse. She will lock them away and return them to you when your child needs them.

Your child may experience some mild pain when they go home after their operation. Please have some paracetamol and  ibuprofen ready just in case. Your nurse can advise how much you need to give.