Information about overnight stay
Most children coming to hospital for surgery requiring an overnight stay in hospital will be admitted through the Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) Unit. Children will go to theatre from this unit and will be taken to a ward after their operation.
Confirmation of admission
Please phone the hospital seven working days before your child is scheduled to come to hospital to confirm the surgery.
If you need to change the date of surgery or if your child is unwell because of a cough, cold, skin sores or other infection, please phone the hospital.
Please let us know if you change your address or phone number or if you go away for an extended holiday.
Phone (08) 8161 7666 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
Having food or drink in the stomach can be dangerous during or after an anaesthetic, as stomach contents may enter the lungs.
Please follow the instructions given to you.
If you have any questions, please call the Elective Pre-Admission Coordinator on 8161 7714, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.
What to bring
There is limited space for personal possessions. Please be aware that the hospital is not responsible for your personal possessions.
If you are asked to come to the Hospital between 6:30 and 7:00am, your child will have their procedure between 8:30am and 12 noon.
If you are asked to come to the Hospital at 11:00am your child will have their procedure between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
Children are admitted in order of the procedure list, not in order of arrival.
Emergencies and delays can occur - staff will keep you informed.
Many things will happen in the Day of Surgery Admissions area while you are waiting for your child to have the procedure:
It is important that neither you or your child leave the area unless you have told the nurse caring for your child.
Our play therapist and volunteers will help to entertain and distract your child with games, craft or toys while they are waiting to go for their procedure.
Children usually walk to the holding bay of the theatre complex. If your child has a sedation they will be taken on a barouche.
One parent/carer may accompany your child to the anaesthetic room and remain while the anaesthetic is given. You will then be asked to leave the theatre area. Babies under seven months are usually given the anaesthetic without the parent/carer being present. This will be discussed between you and the Anaesthetist.
Consent for operations and investigations
Only a legal guardian may sign a consent form. Please do not leave the admissions area until you have signed:
During the procedure
When your child is asleep staff will take or direct you to your child's ward. We recommend you remain in the ward/parent room until your child returns from recovery. It is very important that doctors can contact you if necessary, so please let the staff know if you leave the area.
After the procedure
Soon after your child is awake in recovery, a parent or carer will be able to come to Recovery and be with your child until they are ready to go to the post-operative ward.
Your child may be upset when they wake up. This is common after anaesthesia but does not necessarily mean they are in pain and children usually settle after a while. It is important to keep them within their own bed space, either on the bed or on your lap.
Lie your child down if possible as this will reduce the chance of vomiting.
If your child is still drowsy when they come back from Recovery, it is best to let them sleep. Food and drink will be introduced slowly.
Overnight stay for parents/carers
One parent/carer is welcome to stay in the ward overnight. Fold out sofa beds/recliner chairs and linen are provided. Siblings under 18 years may not stay at the hospital overnight.
Our staff can provide contact details for local accommodation if required for other family members or caregivers.
Meals and facilities
Meals for parents and caregivers are available from the cafe. The wards have a parent room providing tea and coffee. please don't bring hot drinks must not be consumed into the ward areas.
Parents and carers are welcome at all times. Other visitors are welcome between 10:00am and 8:00pm. Please remind visitors that your child may need to rest, and to keep the amount of visitors and visiting times to a minimum.
Concerns after going home
If you have any concerns about your child after they are discharged, contact your family doctor, the WCH – phone (08) 8161 7000 – or go to your nearest medical clinic or hospital.
last modified: 03 Apr 2021