Having an operation in Oxford Children’s Hospital with YiPpEe


Hello my name is Zoe and I’m going to
tell you what will happen to you when you come to the Children’s Hospital for
an operation. Coming in to the hospital for an
operation can make you feel strange or worried as you don’t know what will happen
to you. This short film will help you understand what does happen to you when
you come into a Children’s Hospital to have an operation. Before going into the
hospital it is best to pack a bag with some
things to have with you. I packed my pajamas, my dressing gown, some books and
my favourite toy if you stay overnight you’ll need to
pack some spare clothes and don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste! When you
first enter the Children’s Hospital you’ll need to take the lift or the
stairs to the level of the ward you’re staying on. Children’s daycare ward,
Robin’s Ward, TDA and Tom’s Ward are all on level one. Melanie’s ward, Kamran’s
Ward and Bell House Drayson’s Ward are all on level zero. It is likely that
you would start off on level one. I was nervous about coming to Hospital because it was my first serious operation
but the staff were kind and supportive which really helped. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I really didn’t know how long it was going to take or any information. So I was a bit scared. I was slightly
nervous but in the end it wasn’t it was a really such a big deal. Yeah I was
really nervous going into the hospital because I didn’t really know what was going to happen.
My mum like said a couple of things to me but I felt like I needed a bit more
but when I got there they were all so kind and they explained it well to me. If
you’re coming in for a morning operation you need to sit outside the ward area
and wait for the nurses to come and open the doors at 7:30 to let you in. If
you’re having an operation in the afternoon you’ll need to press the
buzzer outside the ward area and state your name the nurses will let you in this is
usually at 11:30. When you’re shown into your ward you’ll wait to meet the nurse,
the Health play specialist, the anesthetist and the doctors,
who will all be helping to look after you during your the stay at the hospital. The nurse will put two name bands on
your wrist or ankle so they can identify you even when you’re asleep for your
operation. The nurse will also put some local anaesthetic sometimes called
magic cream onto the back of your hands to help them go numb so you won’t have
to feel that part to your hand so much. The nurse will check your temperature
and pulse writing them down on special charts. The nurse will weigh you so they
know exactly how much medicine they can give you. You’re not allowed to eat for
six hours before your operation this is because your tummy needs to be empty
before you can have your anaesthetic. You can drink water or squash up until two
hours before your operation, if you do eat something or drink something when
you’re not supposed to it could mean your operation gets cancelled and you
have to come back another day. You may be feeling hungry but there are lots of
things to do when you come to the hospital you can bring in some
activities of your own to do and your parent or carer may want to do the same. The health play specialist will show
you a photo book of the routine of the day. It will show you a photo of the
room where you go to sleep and the room you’ll wake up in.They will help you
choose an activity if you want is something to do whilst you have your
sleepy medicine you can choose a look and find book, bubbles or a game on
the iPad. The doctor who sends you to sleep for
the operation is called the anaesthetist they’ll come and talk to you about how
they’ll give you the sleepy medicine. There are two ways to go to sleep. The
anaesthetist will help you decide which one is best for you. One way is when the anaesthetist puts a little straw in the back of your hand where the magic cream was
and they give the straw a little drink with some special sleepy medicine. The
other way is with a mask when you breathe in some special sleepy gasses.
This takes a bit longer to work and you’ll still have to have the tiny tube
in your hand. This is just in case you need to have some more medicines later
on. The doctor will come and talk to you about what they’ll be doing during your
operation they’ll mark the area with a pen where it is being done. They’ll
reassure you that you won’t feel anything as you’ll be asleep during the
operation. If you have any questions this is the person to ask. The nurse practitioner or a junior doctor
will come and check that you are fit and well to have your operation. They will listen
to your chest and check for coughs and colds and asked your parent or carer
lots of questions about your general health and any previous visits the
doctors or hospital that you may have had. You can ask them any questions you
may have. Once you’ve seen all the doctors you’ll be able to go to the
playroom or the health play specialists may bring you an activity. Everyone was
really friendly and helped me fit in and everyone from the dinner lady to the surgeon helped me.
Everybody was very friendly and kind and they talked me through like what was
going to happen so that I didn’t feel nervous or worried before I had my
operation. Everyone was really friendly and nice to me. It was so nice they were
like very supportive, like you can do it,
it won’t hurt, it’ll only hurt when you wake up.
They were all very like calming me and it was really nice.
You’re in the hospital bed then you’ll be able to watch TV as all the beds have
their own TVs. The wards also have DVD players and some gaming devices which
you can ask for. The doctors have lots of children having an operation on the same
day as you so you usually have to wait around for a while. The nurses can tell
you where you’re on the operation list so you know roughly when this maybe. When
it is your turn the nurse will bring your hospital gown to put on. You can
wear your pants underneath and bring your own slippers and dressing gown to
wear too. Theatre is the place where they do the operations only one parent or
carer is allowed to come with you as there it’s not much space. When you go there you
may walk or be wheeled down in your bed but make sure you bring your favorite
toy! You’ll be shown to the anaesthetic room which is the room where you’ll go
to sleep. There is a bed like a trolley and lots of machines in the room. You can
lie on the trolley bed whilst you have your sleepy medicine, while sitting your
parent or Carers lap. The anaesthetist will wipe off the magic cream and put a
little straw in the back of your hand where the magic cream was. They use a
little needle to put the straw in. The magic cream will help you not to feel it as
much. You can do the activity you chose with the health play specialists. You
don’t have to watch unless you want to. Once the little straw is in place the anaesthetist will put the special sleepy medicine into the little straw and it
goes into your vein making you fall asleep very quickly. If they can’t use
the special straw or the anesthetist has decided with you, that you will have the mask to
go to sleep someone will hold the mask over your face and you’ll breathe in and out.
You’ll breathe the special sleepy gases until you’re asleep. They may smell a bit
strange but there is a balloon you can blow all the air into. Once you’re asleep
your parent or carer will be taken to the ward to wait for your operation to be
finished. The anaesthetist will be with you the whole time, watching you breathe,
checking how much oxygen there is in your body and checking your body
temperature, blood pressure and pulse. They will give you medicines to stop you
feeling anything. If there is anything you need they will be there to give it
to you. The sleepy medicine will keep you asleep until your operation is
finished. Suddenly I felt drowsy and then before I could count to ten I was in a deep sleep. It
was a very strange feeling but only for a short period of time because then you
just fall asleep and you’re just helping yourself get better. It wasn’t really too
bad they just put a mask on me and said count back from 10. It was a very
strange experience like I’ve never done anything like that before but it was
nice because I didn’t feel anything I just felt what was happening
when I woke up. When you wake up from the operation you’ll be in the recovery room and the
nurse will be with you. Your favourite toy will be there with you when you wake up.
You’ll still feel sleepy and a little strange. As soon as you wake up the nurse
will call the wards your ward nurse will bring your parent or carer to be with
you. The porter will take you on the trolley bed back to the ward where you will
climb into the hospital bed. The nurse will get you something to drink and use the
faces tool so you can tell her how much it hurt where you had your operation. She
can get you some medicine if it’s feeling sore. A short while later the nurse will offer you some food.
I felt quite nauseous and fatigued but after 10 to 20 minutes I was back to my normal self.
I felt really unwell and I just didn’t want to get out of bed or do anything
and the nurses gave me some medicine and made me feel a lot better and I was glad
to have got the operation done. I felt a bit dizzy but in the end I felt fine. I wanted everyone to leave me alone I just
wanted to go sleep and everybody leave me in my own world. Some children only
need to stay in the hospital a few hours after their operation other children may have
to stay overnight or longer. If you stay in the hospital for a while there is a
hospital school that you can visit or a teacher may visit you. It is really
important to take your medicine regularly after your operation even if
it doesn’t hurt. You’ll make sure that it doesn’t get too sore. The nurse will
tell your parent or carer how much medicine to take and how often to take
it. Some children need to have some time off school. Your parent or carer can speak
to your school and see if there’s anything you can do at home while you
get better. I hope that watching this short film we now know what happened to
you when you come to the hospital for your operation.
if you’re worried or unsure about anything remember to ask your parent or
carer, nurse, doctor or play specialist specialist as they’ll be there to help
you. Thank you for watching! you

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