Hello, my name is Corryn Bedlow

Hello, my name is Corryn Bedlow.

I'm the ward sister
for day case unit and outpatients

at the Royal Alexandra
Children's Hospital in Brighton.

Bringing your child into hospital,

we would say that you try and prepare
them as much as you possibly can.

This can be explaining to them
in a language that they understand

about their hospital,

trying to be honest with them
and open about what to expect.

The facilities in a hospital
are usually that a ward will have bays,

which will be open areas
with beds in them and cots.

Your child will have
either their own bed or their own cot

and if you do have to stay overnight

there are usually parent facilities
next to your child's bed

so that you are able
to sleep the night with your child.

There are also playrooms
for your child to go and play.

There's usually parent facilities,
a parents' kitchen

where you can store your food and have
tea and coffee and things like that.

By the bedsides there are sometimes TVs.

If not, then the ward will have
tellies and DVDs and PlayStations,

things like that
that your child can usually use.

When you're coming into hospital,

what we advise you to bring
for both yourself and your children

are extra clothes, nappies, pyjamas,

any special teddies
or comforters that you need,

any specific medication.

If they're on milk
then to bring in their milk and bottles,

and also if they're fed specially

to bring in the equipment
that you would use at home.

We do advise for parents to bring in
their own food for themselves

and if your child has any special
dietary or religious requirements

that you speak to the nurse
that's looking after you,

or we do advise
that you bring it in from home.

We understand
that bringing your child into hospital

is a worrying and stressful time,

but we'd like to reassure parents

that the staff will try and reduce
the anxiety and the stress for you

as much as we possibly can
during your stay in hospital.