For children

You have come for an appointment 

You might need to come for an appointment at our Children’s Outpatient Department, at Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospital, either because you have already been in hospital and we need to make sure you are getting better, or your local doctor might have asked for you to be seen by a specialist team at the hospital.

  • We will weigh you when you arrive
  • We will take your temperature
  • We will check your heart beat and blood pressure
  • We will explain this to you so you are not scared.

Our Outpatients Departments are really fun places. While you’re waiting for your name to be called, we have lots of toys for you to play with and other things to do.  

When your name is called out, you will go and see the doctor or nurse. Try not to be scared- everyone is really friendly and will answer any questions that you might have. They might want to listen to your chest with a stethoscope, or feel your tummy. Try and relax and tell them if you are feeling worried about anything. 

The doctor or nurse will make a plan about what should happen next. They might want to see you again, might want someone else to see you on a different day, or they might discharge you. Sometimes you might need to have a blood test, or a different test, or be admitted to hospital to become an inpatient. This doesn’t happen very often though, so try not to worry.

If you have any worries or concerns about anything, however big or small, please speak to a member of the team.