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Coming to stay checklist

Follow this useful checklist of what to do and when, to make sure you have everything prepared for your child's visit to Evelina London Children's Hospital. 

When you get your letter

You should have received a letter with your child's admission date and details about where to go when you arrive.

When you receive this, you should call the number on the letter if:

  • you cannot make the date
  • you or your child have any special needs, such as washing or praying facilities
  • you would like an interpreter or signer during your child's stay. 

One week before

One week before the admission date, you should think about what you need to bring. Please check that you have packed:

  • your child's admission letter and any other information relating to treatment
  • the name, address, postcode and telephone number of your GP
  • your child's red book (personal child health record)
  • a small amount of money for a newspaper or the payphone
  • proof of entitlement to benefits if appropriate
  • all medicines that your child is taking including prescription and alternative medicines
  • day and night clothes
  • toiletries
  • nappies, if your child uses them
  • books
  • your child's favourite toy or comforter, labelled with their name
  • any mobility aids that your child needs
  • items of religious importance to you and your child.

Please do not bring any valuables, such as jewellery or large sums of money. We cannot accept liability for lost or stolen property.

Within the three days before

Call the number on the admission letter if you think your child has been exposed to an infection such as chicken pox, or has developed the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • cold
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea.

The day before

If your child is having a test or operation there may be instructions about when they need to stop eating or drinking. Please follow these instructions. Failure to do so might result in delaying or cancelling your child's treatment.

Please call us to confirm a bed is available. This is because, occasionally, an emergency admission needs to be given priority.

Check that you have packed everything you need. 

Questions about your child's stay?

If you need to contact us about your child's stay in hospital, please call the number on your admission letter.

Or you can call our hospital switchboard on 020 7188 7188 to an operator who will put you through to the right person.

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