For families

  • Elective surgery to recommence

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a number of essential changes across our hospitals, including the government mandated need to reduce elective surgery. On 21 April, the Prime Minister announced that some elective surgery restrictions would be lifted across Australian hospitals, and we are now working to gradually reinstate elective surgery in a way that is considered safe, and in the best interests of patients, families and staff.
  • Supporting siblings through COVID-19

    While the world’s attention is firmly focused on COVID-19 on a global scale, sometimes the smaller and not so obvious impacts can be overshadowed despite the lasting effects. March this year saw new measures put in place to protect patients and their families at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) from contracting COVID-19, impacting sibling visits.
  • Visitor screening - To keep everyone safe

    We are committed to protecting our patients, families and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation develops, new practices are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of our vulnerable children, families and staff.

  • COVID-19: Advice for chronically ill children

    As a parent of a chronically-ill child, it can be hard to know what to do amidst the current COVID-19 outbreak. There is an overwhelming amount of information to take in but these are the key things you need to know:

  • “I thought drowning would be frantic but it was quiet and quick”

    Replying to a text message, answering the door, applying sunscreen or even grabbing a towel are tasks that only take a few minutes to do but in these minutes of distraction, a child can drown.

    In November 2017, four-year-old Micah and his parents were on holidays at a holiday park.

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