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A guide to using hospital services in Sheffield for children with SEND

You can find advice about using hospital services for a child with SEND on the Sheffield Children’s Hospital website. The autism resources pages also include information specifically about appointments and assessments.

General advice

There are Tips from parents. The tips have been suggested by members of the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum (SPCF) about bringing children with SEND into hospital for appointments or ward stays.

The tips include advice on the following:

  • Preparing for hospital admissions
  • Using technology from home
  • Managing appointments
  • Staying on the ward
  • Communicating with your child

There is also a link to a YouTube video of an episode of the BBC Children’s programme Something Special which was filmed in Sheffield Children’s Hospital in 2010: Something Special – Hospital. The episode costs £1.99 to download.

The SPCF also have advice on their website about preparing your child for a blood test: Coping with blood tests.

There is an app to help all children and parents prepare for day case surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. It is called the Little Journey App and is free to download via Google Play and the App store. It is suitable for android smart phones and tablets. Here is a link to an information video about the app: Discover the Little journey app. The app can also be used for some other hospitals around the UK.


The FAQs page on the Sheffield Children’s Hospital website includes some questions about children with SEND as well as general information about the hospital and services:

  • Do you have disabled parking?
  • How are children with special needs supported?

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

The PALS page on the Sheffield Children’s Hospital website includes information about the advice and support which you may find useful when dealing with NHS services in Sheffield.

Video guides

There are some videos guides about coming to an outpatient appointment on the Outpatients page. The videos include the following:

There is a video guide about having an operation on the Theatre Admissions Unit page:

The videos all include Makaton signing.

Last Updated: 07/05/2021
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