A feeling of familiarity can help children feel more calm and secure, and so you might want to bring a favourite toy, comic, book or DVD, or your child's own duvet cover or comforter. It can be an idea to encourage young brothers and sisters to draw a picture or lend their own toy to their sibling, so they can feel closer during the stay in hospital.
Other things to bring:
any medication your child is taking, and details of any medicines or treatments they may recently have taken
nightclothes and comfortable daytime clothes and soft footwear
toothbrush and any special toiletries your child may prefer
snacks and treats
milk formula, bottles and your own breast pump if required; we have short-term sterilising facilities but for a longer stay, please bring your steriliser with you.
To download a child-friendly checklist to get your child involved in packing for their stay, please click the link below:
Please note that we do not provide a paediatric intensive care unit at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, however any deteriorating child will be quickly assessed by the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS) and transferred to the most appropriate paediatric intensive care provider.