Southern Cross Hospitals

Children having surgery

Your child’s comfort and well-being are important to us. Visiting the hospital before admission to familiarise your child with the surroundings may be a good idea. If you would like to do this, please contact the hospital to arrange a convenient time.
We encourage parents or carers to stay with their child.  Please contact the hospital regarding availability of space and any associated charges should you want to stay overnight. 
On most occasions, we also encourage a parent or carer to be with their child as they start their anaesthetic. 
Please discuss this with your anaesthetist and surgeon.  If you are unable to do so, a nurse will stay with your child during this time.  We aim to reunite the parents or support person with their child as soon as is practicable after the procedure, when the child has recovered from the anaesthetic.
We suggest you may like to bring a favourite toy and any special items that assist in comforting your child.  We recommend that you do not bring other children with you to hospital.  If this is not possible, you will need to arrange additional support to help you.


Children & Hospital FAQs

Can I bring my child in for a visit prior to their surgery date?


We encourage you to do this but please phone the hospital in advance to organise a convenient time for a visit.

Do I need to bring in food for my child?


We provide food designed specially for children but if you would like to bring some special snacks you are welcome to do so, remembering that this is not to be given to your child until nursing staff have given the OK.

Can I go to the Recovery room when my child wakes up?


We encourage one parent to be available to be with your child in Recovery room once they regain consciousness but this will also depend on instructions from the Anaesthetist and or Surgeon. Please discuss this with your nurse on admission.