The information on this page is designed to support children, young people, their parents and carers whilst they are waiting for hospital treatment. You will find information on what you can do to help prepare your child for surgery, how to look after their physical and mental health and what to do if you need any extra support.

Hospitals in Greater Manchester are working together to get through the waiting list backlog as quickly as possible.

A number of Children’s surgery hubs have been set up to help increase the number of children that can be treated every day.

If your child is eligible, you may be contacted and offered the chance for them to have their treatment sooner at one of the surgical hubs. If you do get offered this, we would strongly recommend you take this up if you can.

The hospital team will be keen to understand your personal circumstances, answer any questions and look at how they may be able to support you to attend. They will also look to see if you are eligible for patient transport if this is needed.

The children’s surgery hubs are located at the following hospitals:

Rochdale Infirmary

Royal Bolton Hospital

Royal Oldham Hospital

Trafford General Hospital

The Little Orange Book

Helping babies and young children when they are poorly.

The Little Orange Book was produced by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group with help from GPs, Health Visitors, Practice Managers and Staff, Pharmacists, Paediatricians, Children’s Nurses and Parents and Carers.

It contains advice and tips on how to manage common illnesses and problems that babies and young children often experience in the first 5 years of their lives. It also has information on more serious conditions, what to look out for and how to get help.

Download a copy for free

Managing Pain

If your child is waiting for surgery, they may experience pain or discomfort. The first line of treatment is pain relief that you can buy over the counter. Your local pharmacy can provide advice on what medication is best for your child, frequency and the dose.

“By the clock, by the mouth, by the ladder”

It is important to follow the 3 main World Health Organisation (WHO) pain relief ladder principals:

By the clock: To maintain freedom from pain, drugs should be given “by the clock” or “around the clock” rather than only “on demand”. This means they are given on a regularly scheduled basis.


By the mouth: Giving the pain relief via the mouth (orally) is usually preferred. However, it may not be possible for children if they are vomiting or unable to take anything by mouth.


By the ladder: If pain occurs there should be prompt administration of pain relief. At home you should give pain relief such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen first, unless there is a medical reason not to. If your child is still in pain after this step or you are concerned you should seek medical advice.

If you are concerned about your child’s condition, please contact your GP, NHS 111, the dentist or the hospital department they have been referred to. If something changes, the hospital will review how urgent your child’s condition is and re prioritise them if necessary.



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