We know waking up in hospital can be scary, so we have a number of dedicated children’s wards (Fistral and Clic, Harlyn, Polkerris and Paediatric HDU) specially set up to look after children and make their stay more comfortable.
When you come into hospital, come to the nurses station and a member of the team will greet you, show you where you’ll be staying and explain what’s going to happen. They will help you get settled in, show you where things are and answer any questions you have.
On a typical day you will be seen by several different people, including doctors, nurses, play therapists and maybe physiotherapists and the hospital school teachers. The wards are very busy with lots of people all trying to make you better. The hostesses will make sure you have nice food to eat and the cleaners will help keep the ward clean and tidy. Everyone should have an official Royal Cornwall Hospitals identity badge on, but if you’re not sure who they are or what they do, please just ask.
As you’d expect, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. There is always a choice and it’s no problem if you have a special diet like vegan, kosher, or gluten free etc., just get your parent or carer to tell us as soon as you can. You can have a drink with your meal and at other times during the day. If anything makes you miss a meal, we’ll make sure you get a snack to keep you going.
If you’re having an operation or a test, you might not be allowed to eat or drink before, or you might need a special diet; if so, we will tell you about it. Do also check with your nurse or doctor before you have any food or drink that’s been brought in for you.
If you need help with eating, special cutlery or anything else, we’ll give you one of our extra special red trays and the staff will know to come and help.
We will talk to you and your parents or carers about what happens when you go home. We’ll try to tell you when we think that will be and make a plan for care after you leave hospital. You might have to come back in to see us later on. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have about going home.
Your parent or carer can find out all the information they need about bringing you to the Royal Cornwall Hospital here.
This may include developmental play for those who have been ill or had an accident, preparation for procedures or support to distract children when needed. Play specialists also organise special events, parties and trips.