To help make your child's stay comfortable, all of the patient rooms at the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital are private, so you do not share a space with another patient or family. Family members can visit anytime and parents, or adults who usually look after the child, are welcome to stay overnight in the same room as your child.
The pediatric inpatient unit also includes:
- A playroom for children
- A common room for teenagers
- An outdoor play area
- A school room/school
- Scheduled recreational activities
- Therapy dog visits
When your child is admitted, you will be asked some initial questions so that the care team understands and can properly care for your child. Depending on the reason your child is admitted, the pediatricians might request some tests such as blood tests or x-rays and may need your child to take medication that is swallowed or given through an intravenous. Your child will likely be provided with a gown to wear initially, however, they may wear their own clothing once they start feeling better. Please bring items that will provide comfort and security such as a favourite toy or blanket.
The nurses and doctors will explain everything to you, but never hesitate to ask questions if you or your child is ever confused.
The number of days your child has to stay in the hospital will depend on the reason that they are admitted. If your child has an illness that can be passed onto other children, they may be asked to stay in their room for the duration of their stay so that we can protect other children in the unit.
Besides doctors and nurses, the team of people looking after your child may include:
- Students who are training in the medical field
- Members of our Child Life program
- Social workers
As a patient or caregiver, you have a right to ask people entering your room who they are and if they have washed their hands.
Children and families are an important part of the team. We want you to participate when we visit your room (called rounds). We welcome your input and any questions you and your family have.
When your child is ready to be discharged (go home), the nurses will go over the information with you on how to continue care at home until your child is ready to return to normal everyday activities. Please be sure to ask questions. We want you to feel reassured that you have the information required to continue the care your child may require.
Please feel free to let us know how else we can help to improve your care experience.