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What to bring

Toys and games are a great way to pass the time at Alder HeyKnowing you’re coming to hospital can be stressful. It’s easy to forget the little things that might make your family’s stay easier so we’ve collected plenty of expert advice from parents who have visited us before.

Kerry’s son Tyler had open heart surgery at Alder Hey and Kerry said: “After spending so much time at Alder Hey I have plenty of tips for other parents facing similar, impossibly difficult situations, but the most important thing to keep with you at all times is hope and strength”.

Kerry’s advice and top tips

  • If you’re going to need accommodation then ask about Ronald McDonald House. If you can get a room there then all your essentials are covered – bed, wardrobe, plug sockets and a private bathroom
  • Inside the hospital there’s a WH Smith where you can buy all sorts. We forgot toothpaste! You can get magazines, sweets, cards, teddies and loads more too
  • There’s also a restaurant selling snacks and hot food. It’s open until 8pm every day but there’s vending machines for drinks and snacks which you can use at any time
  • If the restaurant doesn’t have what you fancy or you need a bit of fresh air, there are shops nearby; Eaton Road has a Chinese takeaway and a nice little chippy!

Don’t forget to pack a bag for your child and bring:

  • Calpol
  • Snacks your child likes
  • A favourite toy, teddy or comfort blanket (wash in advance if you can!)
  • Nightwear – pyjamas, slippers and dressing gown
  • Spare comfortable clothes and underwear
  • Things to help pass the time e.g comics, colouring books, games, mp3 player, portable DVD player

Essentials for babies and young children

  • Dummy
  • Bottles
  • Teething gel/ring
  • Steriliser
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappy rash cream

Don’t forget to pack for yourself

  • Essential toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste and razors
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Cool, comfortable clothes and spare underwear
  • Something warm like a sweater
  • Books or magazines
  • An iPad or other tablet – Alder Hey has free patient Wifi
  • Earphones for any electronic device – lights out is at 8pm
  • Small change for the vending machines and pay phone
  • Tea/coffee and a mug to use on the wards
  • Your own pillow

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