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Welcome to the Emergency Department

We understand that this is a worrying time and you are very concerned about your child. Hopefully this information will answer some of the questions you may have about your visit.

Your journey through the Emergency Department

Once you have booked in at the Emergency Department reception, please take a seat in the waiting room.

Triage

You and your child should shortly be seen by one of our triage nurses who will perform a basic assessment of your child to see how unwell they are.

Waiting and being called

You will then be directed back to the waiting room until you are called to see one of our doctors or emergency nurse practitioners.

Information:

Please note that children are not seen in the order in which they attend. The sickest, and those with the most pressing medical needs are seen first and so you may notice some families who arrived after you are being called before you.

There should be a waiting time on display in the waiting room. This is an estimate only and you may be waiting longer than this, particularly if an emergency presents in the meantime. If you decide that you do not want to wait to be seen, then please let our reception staff know before you leave.

Getting treatment and going home

Once your child has been seen by a doctor or emergency nurse practitioners they may be:

  • able to go home with advice and any treatment required
  • kept in the department for a period of observation to make sure they are well enough to go home
  • sent for investigations such as X-rays or blood tests

Once these have been done you will need to wait for the results so a decision can be made about any necessary treatment.

Occasionally the doctor or emergency nurse practitioners may think that it would be best for your child to be admitted to the hospital. If this happens, they will contact one of the doctors in the hospital to come and assess your child. In this case there will be an additional wait to see that doctor.

Information:

We aim as much as possible to have every child discharged from the department or admitted to the hospital within 4 hours of their arrival, but this is not always possible at very busy times.

Food, drink, parking and toilets

Food is available from the vending machine, or the hospital Parkside Restaurant. There is a Costa Coffee and WHSmith in the main entrance and Starbucks and Co-op are also nearby. Please do not leave a child in the department unaccompanied and if you want to leave to get food or drink, please let a member of staff know.

There is a water fountain just before the doors into the clinical area, near consultation rooms 4 and 5.

Parking

There is parking in Q-park on Durham Road as well as on street parking. Please ask reception about discounts on parking.

Toilets and baby change

There are toilets in the main waiting room which have baby change facilities inside.

Information:

Please let the triage nurse know if your child has any special needs that you may require help with while you wait. Also, if you need nappies or baby milk.

Acceptable behaviour

Whilst we know this is a stressful time, we will not accept any violence or verbal aggression towards any member of staff. Anybody who is behaving in a violent or aggressive manner will be asked to leave and security will be called. Please remember that there are many small children in the department who are influenced by what adults say and do.

Useful resources

Whilst you wait, you may find some of the information at these links useful:

Sheffield Children’s Resource Library

Here are some of our information resources on a variety of conditions and treatments.

A lot of people find our Family Wellbeing resource useful – with details of how you can get support to increase your income, access essentials, and get involved in local groups.

Healthier Together

www.sybhealthiertogether.nhs.uk

This is a website with general health information for parents and children, particularly focussing on common childhood conditions and when to seek medical help, as well as problems some of our adolescent patients may be facing.

Golddigger Trust

We also have access to youth workers from the Golddigger Trust who can help with stress, anxiety and mental health concerns, and youth workers who help children at risk of being involved in violence. If you think your child may benefit from talking to one of them, please let a member of staff know.

WiFi

Free NHS WiFi is available at all our sites for patients, parents and visitors. To connect follow these simple steps:

  1. Select ‘NHS WiFi’ on the WiFi network list on your phone, tablet or laptop and enter the password ‘ho5pital’.
  2. You will then have to authenticate using one of the required methods (Google, Facebook, Twitter or text message). If the authentication page doesn’t appear automatically you may need to open your browser.
  3. Once you have signed up, you will be redirected to an NHS landing page and your WiFi connection will be active.
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Disclaimer

Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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