The main hall
- Is this the first time you are visiting our hospital? Then you can go to the registration desk with your mom and dad to have a card made with your name on it.
- There is a statue of Sophietje in the hall. She is the mascot of the Friends of Sophia Children’s Hospital Foundation , just like the orange lion of the Dutch Soccer team. Queen Maxima unveiled the statue in 2013, which is when Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital celebrated its 150th birthday.
- There are several play areas in the main hall, where you can play if you need to wait for your appointment.
- You will see Olli the elephant in the hall when you come to the hospital. Have you already had your picture taken with him?
- There is also a play area with a touchscreen. You have to touch the screen before you can start. Give it a try!
Blood test room
- Sometimes the doctor will need a little of your blood to do tests. In this room a blood sample will be taken from your finger or arm. You will sit down on a chair, or if you wish you can sit on your mom’s or dad’s (or your carer’s) lap. If you want, the nurse can put a band-aid with cream on your arm. The cream in the band-aid will make the prick less painful. The nurse will then check from which arm she can best take a blood sample.
- There are lots of fun gifts in the Castle room. After you have had your blood taken, you can go there to choose a nice gift.
- The nurse will tell you what she is going to do so that you know exactly what is going to happen. The nurse will also ask you if there is anything that can help you. Do you want to sit on someone’s lap, do you want to look while they are taking your blood, or do you want the nurse to count while she is taking your blood? Maybe you want to be distracted by looking at a book or by blowing bubbles!
- Read more about the blood test room (Central patient lab services) here.
The ultrasound room
- In this room they use sound waves to look inside your body. An ultrasound is a kind of film or photo of the inside of your body. You can see the pictures being taken on the screen of the ultrasound scan equipment. Your mom and/or dad can sit next to you and also watch the screen. Sometimes you will not be allowed to eat or go to the toilet for a few hours before the scan.
- Some warm jelly will be put on your skin. You may feel this. The doctor will then move a probe (a sort of stick) over your body, maybe over your tummy.
- Can you see the drawings on the ceiling? They were made by other children in the hospital for you to look at when you are lying in the ultrasound room.
- Read more about an ultrasound scan here.
A CT scan
- A CT scan uses X-rays to take pictures of the inside of your body so that the doctor can see your organs or other parts of your body.
- First, you will need to lie down on the bed. The bed will slowly move into the tunnel. The scanner can only take clear pictures if you lie very still, as still as possible.
- Someone will be allowed to stay with you. This person will need to wear a special apron. We even have aprons with bears on it.
- When you are lying in the CT scanner the doctor will sometimes ask you to hold your breath for a short while. How long can you hold your breath? After the pictures have been taken, the doctor will first check whether they are OK, so you will need to stay on the bed for a while longer.
- Read more about a CT scan here.
The plaster room
- You can get a plaster cast to hold a broken bone in the right position. A cast can also help a certain part of your body to get some rest and therefore heal more quickly.
- Sometimes a cast can be a little itchy. Your mom or dad can use a hairdryer to blow cold air into your cast to make it less itchy. It can also help to scratch your other arm. If you hold a mirror next to this arm your brain will think that you are scratching your other arm. If this doesn’t work, we have a special spray with talcum powder, but you can only use this if you don’t have an open wound.
- You can decorate your cast by asking others to write or draw something on it, or you can stick glitter or stickers on your cast.
- You can choose your own color for your cast. The people that work here are called orthopedic practitioners and they will show you which colors you can choose from.
- The cast is removed by a loud machine. You can get headphones so that you don’t hear this noise. The vibration of the machine opens the cast.
- Read more about the plaster room here.
The ECG room
- The ECG will be done while you are lying on a bed. Your mom and dad can stay in the room with you. Stickers will be put on your arms, legs, and chest. The stickers have electrodes on them that are attached to wires that lead to the computer.
- If you lie very still, the ECG will not take very long at all. By the time you’ve counted to 10 the test will often be finished. The computer makes a recording of your heart. This film will show the doctor how well your heart is working. You can watch a movie or listen or music while the ECG is being done. You can also do a breathing exercise or close your eyes and think of something nice.
- A small lamp will also be attached to your finger or toe to measure the oxygen in your body. The lamp is attached using a plaster.
- Before your ECG, you will be weighed on a scale and your height will be measured. A cuff will be placed around your arm to measure your blood pressure. The cuff is pumped up so that it feels like your arm is being squeezed. A bit like when your swim arm floats have been blown up too much.
- You can then see your heartbeat on a special TV screen. Every time your heart beats you will see a thin line go up and down. The doctor uses this graph to see how your heart works: how fast your heart beats, how often it beats, and the rhythm of the heart.
- Read more about an ECG here.
Entrance to the operating room
- You will be welcomed in this room before your operation. You will have to wait here together with your mom or dad (or your carer) and the nurse until the doctor comes to pick you up.
- There is a special car in this room. If you do not have to stay in bed you may sometimes, if you wish, drive the car into the operating room.
- Your mom or dad (or your carer) will need to wear a special gown in this room and put covers over their shoes. We want to keep the operating room as clean as possible.
The theater preparation room
- We call this room the theater preparation room. This is where you wait with your mom or dad until you are allowed to enter the operating room.
- You will only be here for a very short time, but the room is very cheerful. The cupboards are covered in beautiful butterflies.
An operating room
- After the preparation room you will enter the operating room. Your mom or dad (or your carer) may join you and stay with you until you fall asleep.
- The room looks quite impressive! The equipment you see will help the doctors make you better. For example, they can see how your heart beats.
- You also see very large lights that help the doctors to see exactly what they are doing.
- This is the mask that the doctor will use to make you fall asleep. The doctor will ask you to breathe slowly when the mask is put over your nose. You will feel yourself falling asleep. Sometimes the doctor will prefer an intravenous infusion. When you wake up you will see your mom or dad (or your carer) in the recovery room.
The recovery room
- You will not stay in the recovery room for very long. You will usually still be asleep when you leave the operating room. You will be taken to this room so that you can wake up slowly. And this is where you will see your mom or dad again. As soon as the nurses see that you are doing well, you can go back to your own room in the hospital.
- You will usually be lying on your back in your bed. When you wake up, the first thing that you will see are these beautiful butterflies!
- There will be more children lying in this room. Every child has its own space with a special computer nearby. The computers show the doctors and the nurses how you are doing.