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Learn more about the support and services you can access during your stay at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and pick up some helpful links and tips to prepare for your visit.

This journey is an example of how we can support a family like yours.

Greetings!

Be welcomed by our Woolworths Wayfinders

Orientation

Meet our team through an inpatient orientation and receive a handmade quilt

Bravery Beads

Collect bravery beads to that tell your story of courage and strength

Craft Pack

Collect a craft activity pack from the ward Family Lounge

Bedside Play

Our volunteers visit your bedside with lots of games & toys to play with

Preparing for surgery

Be supported by our Operating Theatre volunteers

…and waking up

Our recovery volunteers will be ready with a warm blanket as your wake up from surgery

Borrow Toys

Choose your favourite toys or find a new one to try from our toy and games loans library

Borrow Books

Choose from our thousands of children's and adults books in the Scholastic Book Bunker

Kidzone

Come and visit our Kidzone playroom full of fun and offering child minding for children over 2yrs

Explore

Explore the hospital and find the giant Play 9 digital game screens and Wishing Tree

Family Visit

Family come to visit including little siblings

Cuddle Carer

Steggles Cuddle Carer volunteers provide comforting cuddles to patients and siblings under 2yrs

Happy Birthday!

We help you celebrate your birthday in hospital with a couple of little surprises

More and more fun!

Stay entertained with toys, books, visits to Kidzone and more!

Farewell

Our green team stop by to say goodbye and assist with preparing to leave hospital

Stay in Touch

Continue collecting Bravery Beads for ongoing care and let us know if you're back for an appointment

Inpatient Orientation

To prepare you for your stay at Queensland Children's Hospital watch our inpatient orientation video.

Register your hospital stay

By registering for your upcoming stay at Queensland Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Patient and Family Support team can proactively support you and your family from the time you arrive in hospital and throughout your hospital stay.

Helpful information

We’re here to help support you during your visit to Queensland Children’s Hospital. Check out the entertainment and support services available to help make your hospital stay easier.

If you’re visiting the hospital for an outpatient appointment, be sure to visit Kidzone on Level 6 where we offer free childminding for patients and siblings (over the age of two).

If your child is being admitted to hospital, you can register your stay with us so we can support you from the moment you arrive.

Also useful during your stay may be the My QCH App and the visiting and staying information on the Children’s Health Queensland website.

  • Sticky socks and slippers– the floors can get cold!
  • Snacks for caregivers (please note QCH is a nut-free hospital)
  • Plastic container to keep some food in the shared fridge
  • Button-down clothing for the child
  • Journal book or notebook and pens
  • Ring-binder for documents
  • Foam mats for kids to play on
  • Wheat pack
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Reusable cup and water bottle for you
  • Adult Panadol
  • Permanent markers to label things
  • Water bottles with straws so children can sip water while laying down
  • Laundry bag to put dirty clothes into
  • Charging cables
  • Thongs for shower
  • Lip balm
  • Something that makes the room feel like home such as a special blanket, favourite pillow, and photos of family.

We also recommend bringing these items with you, but don’t worry if you forget or run out as we have these on hand to help you out.

  • Toiletries
  • Boredom busters; toys, books, activities, and digital devices to entertain and distract you and your child

Hospital Discharge Checklist

  • Transportation – how will you get home from the hospital?
  • Food – do you have food and other necessities at home?
  • Medication – do you have all the medications you’ll need and do you understand the dosage requirements?
  • Doctor’s appointments – what is your follow-up care plan?
  • Care at home – ask your medical team any questions you have about how to best care for your child at home.
  • Recovery – do you know when your child can begin resuming their regular activities?
  • Equipment – do you need any medical equipment at home?
  • Can we help you with the practical side of leaving the hospital?

Call 07 3068 1662 or email [email protected] if you need assistance, or to loan a trolley to help you get you on your way!