Perioperative services

Who we are

The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre offers (perioperative) surgical care for pediatric (children) patients. The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre is the pediatric trauma centre for the province.

What we do

Perioperative services include elective and emergency surgery, such as ears, nose and throat (ENT), general surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, orthopedics, urology, plastics, oral surgery, dentistry and gastroenterology.

Pediatric services include:

  • Surgical day care unit: Pre-operative preparation and post-operative care for children who are having surgery.
  • Three operating rooms: For children requiring primary, secondary and tertiary surgeries.
  • Post-anesthetic care unit: provides care to children who are recovering from an anesthetic after their surgery or procedure.

Who we see

We provide care for children and youth up to their 18th birthday.

Our team

Our team is comprised of the following health-care professionals:

  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Anesthesiology assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Personal care attendants
  • X-ray technicians

How to access this service

Access to the perioperative services is through your physician or surgeon who deems surgery the appropriate intervention for your child.

Where we are

Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre
3rd floor
300 Prince Philip Dr.
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3V6

Hours of operation

Elective surgeries and procedures: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Emergency surgeries are scheduled as needed.

Each doctor has a different day in the perioperative department. If you have questions about clinic follow-up or clinic appointments, please follow up with your surgeon’s office.

How to reach us

Telephone: 709-777-4334

Frequently asked questions

How do I prepare my child for hospital?

Coping with a new experience is easier when you are prepared. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your child for a visit to the hospital:

  • Explain to your child that in order to get well, a hospital visit or stay is necessary.
  • Tell your child that the people they will meet are there to give them the best care.
  • Let them bring a comfort item with them such as a small stuffed animal or toy (please clean this prior to arriving in the department.)
  • Tell your child the number of days the child is likely to be away from home.
  • Listen to any fears your child may have.
  • Always be honest with your child. If you don’t know how to answer a question, write the question down together so that you can ask the nurse or doctor at the hospital.
  • Read books about going to the hospital with your child. Ask your local librarian for good books or your local store; there are various options available for all ages.
  • Do not wear makeup, nail polish or artificial nails, hair extensions, contact lenses, hair clips, jewelry, or tampons to the hospital.

Please watch the following video with your child for a child-friendly explanation on what to expect when visiting the operating room at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Preparing as a caregiver or parent:

Having a child who is ill is a major stressor for parents and families. With a planned procedure, you can avoid some of that stress by taking the time to get yourself organized and prepared. If you are travelling to the Janeway Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for care, prepare for accommodations in advance.

  • Read the information provided to you about your child’s illness or procedure.
  • Write down any questions that you or your child may have.

If your child is being admitted:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and bring in your own toiletries.
  • If you wish to stay overnight with your child, please talk with the nurse on your child’s unit. Every effort will be made to make your night comfortable. Be sure to make arrangements for going home before you arrive at the hospital.

Please see Before, during and after your hospital stay for detailed information on how you can prepare for your hospital stay.

Is the time the operation room (OR) booking office provided me with my surgery time?

  • No, your arrival time is not your child’s procedure time; please arrive on time so we have the required time to prepare your child for your procedure.

Why does my child have to fast before surgery?

  • An empty stomach is needed for safety reasons when using an anesthetic.
  • Please follow the fasting times provided to you; if fasting is not followed as directed it will result in a delay or possible cancellation of your procedure.
  • Please note that candy and gum are considered food.
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Last updated: 2022-07-28