• Palliative

    Palliative care is the care given to people who have an advanced, incurable illness. It can involve making sure your brother/sister is not in any pain and helps make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

  • X-ray

    A machine that takes pictures of the inside of your brother’s/sister’s body.

  • Urology

    This is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with the parts of their bodies that help them pee.

  • Surgery

    Also called “an operation.” If your brother/sister needs surgery, the doctors will give him/her “sleepy medicine” and while they are sleeping the doctors will help the part of their body that is sick or hurt.

  • Stethoscope

    Doctors and nurses use a stethoscope to listen to your brother’s/sister’s heart and lungs.

  • Orthopaedics

    This is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with their bones.

  • Oncology

    This is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who have a disease called cancer.

  • Nil by Mouth

    The doctors or nurses might say that your brother/sister is “nil by mouth” during a time when they do not want them to eat or drink.

  • Neurology

    Sometimes called “Neuro,” this is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with their brains, spines or nerves.

  • Nephrology

    This is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with their kidneys.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    Sometimes called the “NICU,” this is the part of the hospital where newborn babies go when they need help with growing and getting stronger.

  • Needle

    Doctors and nurses may use a small needle to give your brother/sister medicine or take a small amount of blood while they are in the hospital.

  • MRI

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) takes special pictures of your brother’s/sister’s body that the doctors and nurses use to help them decide how to best take care of them while they are in the hospital.

  • Monitor

    A computer next to your brother’s/sister’s bed or outside their room that the nurses use to watch how their body is doing. The nurses use this screen to watch their heart rate, blood pressure and pulse. The machine makes beeping noises to tell the nurses how your brother’s/sister’s body is doing.

  • IV

    A small plastic tube that sits right under the skin and helps give your brother/sister medicine or water while they are in the hospital. Usually, nurses will put the IV in your brother’s/sister’s hand or arm.

  • Incision

    If your brother/sister needs surgery, the doctors will make a small opening called an incision to get to the part of their body that they are helping.

  • Hospital

    A place where people come to see a doctor when they are sick. Your brother/sister may stay at the hospital to get medicine or any extra help they need to get them feeling better.

  • Hematology

    This his is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with their blood.

  • Gastroenterologist

    This is a type of doctor whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with their stomachs. There is a GI, or Gastro, unit at the hospital, but these doctors can also see patients on other units.

  • Specialist

    This is a doctor who has done extra training in a type of medicine in order to know as much as they possibly can so they can provide the very best care to you or your brother or sister.

  • Endocrinologist

    This is a group of doctors and nurses whose main job is to take care of children who need extra help with the way their body does some of its jobs, such as growing, because of their endocrine system which secretes hormones into the body.

  • Accident and Emergency

    Sometimes called the A&E, this is a part of the hospital where children go when they are sick or hurt and need help right away.

  • CT

    A CT scan (also called a CAT scan) lets the doctors and nurses take special pictures of your brother or sisters body that can help them decide how to best take care of them while they are in the hospital.

  • Cardiologist

    This is a type of doctor whose main job is to take care of people who need extra help with their hearts. Cardiologists treat all kinds of heart problems, from heart murmurs to hearts that miss a beat. There is a cardiology or cardiac unit at the hospital, but these doctors can also see patients on other units.

  • Blood Pressure Cuff

    A fabric wrap that goes around and squeezes an arm or leg to check how the blood is moving through the body.

  • Consultant

    The doctor who is in charge of your brother or sisters care while they are in the hospital.

  • Art Therapist

    Someone who uses art to help patients and families cope with being in the hospital.

  • Anaesthetist

    A special doctor called an Anaesthetist gives your brother or sister medication that helps their body lose sensation or feeling. There are different types of anaesthetic; general, regional and local. General anaesthetic helps to make you sleep during surgery.