On the day of your operation at Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Remember to bring your red book and your letter with you. You will also need to follow the instructions given to mum and dad about eating and drinking. Once on the ward, a friendly nurse will show you where your bed is. You’ll have a locker to put clothes and pyjamas in, and really important stuff like your toys and your smartphones. If you have been asked to stay overnight then there is also pull down bed for either your mum or your dad to sleep on but you must choose who gets to stay. For adults, there is a kitchen to make drinks and heat up food. And if you need the toilet, fear not, they’re everywhere! If you have any questions then just ask. Or if you can’t find a nurse then simply press your orange button and one will come and help you. There is also a play specialist who might come and see you. And let’s not forget the occasional visits of Nala the dog. Wait a minute that’s not Nala! Ahhh, that’s better. If you’re with us for a while, the Evelina Hospital School is open during normal school hours so you can still learn loads of fun stuff while you’re with us. On the day of the operation you’ll get weighed again. You’ll also get asked some more questions. Only this time, you get your own identity bracelet! Now the first doctor you will meet is the anaesthetist. “What’s one of them?” I hear you say. Well, she’s a super amazing person who uses the powers of science and medicine to put you to sleep to keep you safe and sound until the operation is all over so you can finally go back to having fun with your family and friends. and she even fights crime on the weekends! The anaesthetist will first explain the recommended way for you to drift off to sleep for your operation. You will also get the chance to ask any questions that you may have. You might also get given some magic cream which makes your hand go all numb ready for when they see you again. Once the whole operation has been explained, mum and dad will need to sign a consent form for it to go ahead. This is a normal procedure folks, you will be marked out of 10 for your handwriting! When it’s time, a nurse will come to collect you or a porter will arrive to wheel you down to the anaesthetic room and yes, mum and dad can come along as well. The anaesthetic room is right next door to the operating theatre and everyone here wears blue clothing. They’ll give you some sticky pads for your chest and a peg for your finger. Now remember having the magic cream earlier? Well what happens next is that they give you your own magic tap for your hand, followed by some magic medicine which looks like vanilla milkshake and this wil help you to sleep.l And yes mums, now is the moment when you give them the big wet kiss! The other way, if recommended, is to have a cool space mask that smells of yummy yummy sweets, and it slowly sends you off to the land of nod. Both ways are super safe and both give you super awesome dreams. When you wake back up you’ll be in a different room and the operation will be over. It will probably feel very strange and it can be a little distressing but there’ll be loads of nurses dressed in maroon scrubs looking after you. And mum and dad can come and visit right away. Once you feel comfortable you can return to the Children’s ward with your mum and dad and think about the incredible journey that you’ve been on. When you feel ready again you can play! Yeah! Goodbye folks.

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