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Your child in hospital

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is committed to providing the best possible care for children. We welcome you and your family to the Hospital and hope the information presented here will help make your stay a comfortable one.

The Parent Handbook Adobe Acrobat PDF provides essential information for parents and families attending the Hospital.


The new guide to The Children's Hospital at Westmead will be translated into a range of languages. A present, the previous handbook is available in Arabic etc.

(*) Not included as part of the handbook.

You will require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or higher) to read or print the Admissions Guide.

Please note: if you receive the message "You have started to download a file of type ... PDF" (or similar) after clicking the above link, then your Adobe Acrobat plug-in is not correctly installed.

It is recommended that you select the "Fit to Page" option (also known as "Shrink to Fit") when printing.

Preparing your child for a hospital stay

A hospital visit or stay may be quite overwhelming for your child. There are a number of ways in which you can help make the experience less daunting.

To help prepare yourself and your child for a visit or stay at our hospital some important information is presented under the following topic areas:

  • Preparing yourself and your child for a hospital visit
  • Helping your child during a hospital stay
  • What you can do to help siblings cope with their brother/sister's hospital stay
  • Coming home from a hospital visit

We hope that you find this a useful reference. Remember that preparation, support and love will help your child face new situations with confidence.

Preparing your child for a hospital stay: Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF
Preparing your child for a hospital stay: Poster Adobe Acrobat PDF

About your child's ward

If you know which ward your child will be staying in, click on the link below to learn more about that ward.

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