Medical Day Case Unit
We have four beds in our children’s clinic. If you have come to see the nurse or are coming in for some treatment, you may be given one of these four beds in the Medical Day Case Unit.
Each bed has its own table so you can play games or do activities and you will have your own television too. TV is free to watch from 7am - 7pm.
Meeting your nurse
When you are admitted to the four-bedded bay, one of the nurses will come and meet you, to find out a bit more about you and fill in some paperwork.
We will need to put a name band on you. It looks like a bracelet and this is really important for us. It tells us your name and if you have any allergies. The nurses and/or doctors may need to check your name band several times when you are in hospital.
Your nurse will then need to do some checks. We call this 'doing your observations', or 'obs' for short.
- taking your temperature
- checking your blood pressure
- checking your oxygen levels
None of this hurts so you don’t need to worry. The blood pressure machine gives your arm a little squeeze but if you keep nice and still, it is over fairly quickly.
Sometimes the nurse will put some local anaesthetic cream on you. It goes on the back of your hand or inside your elbows and is covered by a clear plaster. The special cream works to make the places that it touches go numb, that means you can’t feel much where the cream has been.
If you need to have this magic cream put on, the nurse will explain why you need it. Don’t worry; you can still use your arms and hands whilst you have the cream on.
You may meet lots of different people, including our play specialists. The staff in the unit are all there to help you and everyone plays a different role in your day.