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The St Vincent’s paediatric unit located in East Melbourne specialises in orthopaedics, ear nose and throat, plastics, urology and general surgery for infants, children and adolescents.

What we do

We have 14 in-patient beds and run a number of outpatient clinics, providing individualised, high quality care to your child and family. 

The unit is staffed with experienced, dedicated paediatric nurses, registrars, and surgeons. All are knowledgeable and experienced and happy to talk to you about your child's admission or recovery, ensuring your child receives the best possible care.

Information for parents and carers

Parents are encouraged to stay with their child when they come to hospital. We cater for a parent to stay by providing a folding bed and meals.

Talking to your child

Preparing your child for a stay in hospital will make the time you spend with us a better experience for your child and your family. Ensure that you tell your child that they are coming into hospital for an operation. 

For further advice about what to say to your child, contact us on tel: 03 9928 6856.


If your doctor has requested your child fast before admission, please ensure you follow the guidelines provided in your admission pack. If you have any questions, please contact your anaesthetist.

Staying with your child

Parents go to theatre with children under the age of 18 years, as required by law. Siblings will not have access to the theatre or recovery area – another adult will need to be available to care for them.

Pain management

At your time of admission please speak directly with the nurse about your child's pain management strategies. 

What to bring

You will need to bring for your child:

  • for babies – any feeding equipment needed, including formula, 2 bottles, teats and sterilising equipment
  • nappies and changes of clothes
  • any toys that will provide a comfort to your child, especially favourite toys, blankets, DVDs.
  • distraction devices, such as iPods, iPads, tablets or gaming devices - we are pleased to offer free wifi to patients and families.
  • pyjamas or comfortable clothes to wear to theatre.

If your child requires an EpiPen for anaphylaxis management or puffers for asthma, please bring that with you.

Visiting hours

We allow visitors to stay until 8pm. We suggest visitors coordinate with parents for the best time to visit.