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What happens before I go to stay in hospital?
Packing your bag
It might take a bit of time to pack your bag before you go into hospital. Bring clothes for daytime and at night. Don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste and anything you need every day. You may want to pack things like a tablet or phone, DVDs, computer games (all clearly labelled with your name) books and comics. If you’re staying for more than a few days you’ll also need to bring your school work.
On the day
On the day you are going into hospital you need to go to the Central Admissions reception desk. Someone will ask for your name and other information and tell you which ward to go to.
What happens when I have a blood test?
Before you have the test you might be given a special cream that makes your skin go numb. But even if you don’t have the cream, the blood test won’t hurt much. The nurse or doctor will use a needle to take a small amount of blood (a blood sample). They usually take the blood from the inside of your elbow, your wrist or the back of your hand.
Afterwards you will be asked to press on the place where you had the test. This is to stop your arm from bruising. Then you will be given a plaster to put on your arm.
Your blood sample is taken to a place called a laboratory where it is checked. This will help the doctors to know what medicine or other treatment to give you.
What happens when I have an x-ray?
X-ray radiation can pass through most of the body but not through bones or some tissues. These areas will stand out on the picture made by the x ray machine. Then the doctor can have a good look at them.
The x-ray is taken by a radiologist. The radiologist will tell you where to stand or lie and then switch on the x-ray machine. The x-ray will pass through your body and create a picture on a film. It usually takes just a few minutes. It won’t hurt you and there is no need to worry. Your mum or dad or carer can stay with you. When you have an x-ray it is really important to stay still, so that the picture is not blurry.
After the x-ray is developed you and the doctor will be able to see it on a computer screen.
What happens when I go to outpatients?
After you have seen the doctor or nurse, your mum or dad or carer may need to make an appointment for you to come back to the hospital on another day.
Things to do in hospital
Even though hospitals can seem a bit scary, you can also have great fun. The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has some of the best play services in the country! There are playrooms, sensory rooms, music, craft activities and lots of other fun things to do.
You can play on the Nintendo Wii or on the computers, watch the TV, listen to music, play games or draw a picture. But don’t worry when you are told to go back to the ward as there are evening and weekend cupboards with toys and games.
Play specialists are involved in many other schemes and projects they also arrange events and entertainers such as ‘Music in Hospitals’, POD entertainment shows and Theodora Giggle Doctors.
We also have a brilliant roof top play area on the third floor. In the hospital garden on the Boulevard, there is also a special area for children to play – look out for our Manchester Bee there too!