Children's services - preparing your child for a hospital stay

Going into hospital can be daunting for you and your child. The video below is aimed at preparing you and your child ahead of a hospital visit, for you both to have a better idea of what to expect. Your child’s treatment, safety and comfort are of great importance to us and we will do everything we can to make their visit or stay as pleasant as possible.

Enjoy a tour around our Children's Wards, based at Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals with our special film - made just for children.


What to bring with you

Getting ready for a hospital visit can sometimes be an anxious time. Knowing how to get here and what to bring can help you feel better prepared.

Documents, information and medicines

  • The medications your child currently takes, including non-prescribed medications
  • Information about any special dietary needs
  • Information regarding any food allergies or medications
  • Contact details of your local GP

Personal items for your child

  • Medical equipment or disability aids (if applicable)
  • Toiletries – including a toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb
  • Special toy or blanket for comfort purposes
  • Pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers
  • Nappies
  • Towel

Personal items for you
If you intend to stay overnight, please bring along:

  • A sleeping bag and pillow
  • Personal toiletries

You can also bring personal equipment such as portable DVD players, MP3 players, laptops/tablets or hand-held consoles, but please make sure these items are kept safe. Please note the wards cannot accept responsibility for their safety. If you are unsure or have further queries, please ring the ward your child is being admitted to.

Getting to hospital

Our hospital car parks get very busy so we recommend you allow plenty of time for your journey and consider coming by public transport or taxi if possible. You may have to queue for parking at peak times. Specific directions around the hospital are usually supplied with your admission letter or you can enquire at the main entrance reception on your arrival. A park and ride service is available from Nantyci Showground Carmarthen – for further details on transport options click here.