You're the Star: Preparing kids for surgery
To help parents who bring their child to Southlake Regional Health Centre for surgery, please follow all of the instructions below.
Preparation for admission and surgery
- On the day of surgery, all children are greeted in Same Day Surgery, first floor, East Building.
- If your child is having day care surgery, he/she will be discharged approximately 1 – 3 hours after returning from the recovery room. Day Care tonsilectomy patients stay 6 hours after surgery.
- Please do not bring other children to the hospital on this day so we can better support the children who are having surgery. Please make arrangements to have other children cared for at home on the day of surgery.
- Infants and children less than two years of age should receive their regular formula feedings, or breastfed feedings, six hours before surgery.
- Children over two years of age should receive clear fluids, for example, water, ginger ale, or apple juice (not milk or orange juice) three hours before surgery.
- If your child has a condition such as diabetes, exceptions may be made in the oral intake only after consultation between the Anaesthesiologist and family physician or surgeon involved.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient (child) on admission in order to sign the consent for surgery and be available after surgery throughout the entire stay.
- Sign up for the You're the Star, a pre-admission program for children ages 4 – 12 having surgery. This program is designed to provide psychological preparation and support to reduce the stress associated with hospitalization and surgery for children. For information, read below.
"You're the Star" Program
Southlake Regional Health Centre has developed the "You're the Star" program to help children, ages four to twelve, and their parents become acquainted with the hospital prior to surgery. Each child participates in a dress rehearsal where they are made the star and headliner of their own operation.
The program is designed to provide psychological preparation and support to reduce the stress associated with hospitalization and surgery for children. In keeping with our family-centred care philosophy, it involves both children and their parents.
It also provides an opportunity for parents and children to identify and express feelings through puppet play or a slide show, hands-on exploration of commonly used medical equipment, and a tour of the operating and recovery rooms. Hospital clinical staff are in attendance to meet the children, answer questions and address fears associated with surgery.
It is "the unknown" that frightens children and affects their trust in adults; they need explanations in simple terms that they can understand. The program teaches children what they need to know about coming to the hospital for an operation. Studies have shown that children who are prepared in advance are better able to deal with hospitalization and surgery than children who don't know what to expect. Their parents also experience less stress.
How to register for the "You're the Star" Program
It is recommended that your child attend the program one week prior to the date of surgery. The program is held once weekly on a Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A volunteer will contact you 1 - 2 weeks prior to your child's surgery to register for this program.
For further information, please leave a message at 905-895-4521, ext. 2665 and your call will be returned.