Quick help guide for parents of child cancer patients

Quick help guide for parents of child cancer patients

These numbers are good to have on hand in case your child with cancer becomes unwell. Print them, fill them out and keep them in a handy place like on your fridge, in your car or in your diary.

This page is part of a whole section about childhood cancer.

If you are concerned about any of the following call the outpatient clinic (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) and ask to speak to the nurse in charge or your shared care hospital.

After hours, please call the ward and ask to speak with the nurse in charge.

Seek help if your child:

  • does not feel well or look right (or you are worried about them)
  • has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above
  • has an infection - redness or tenderness anywhere on the body
  • is contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps 
  • has any bleeding- nose bleed for more than 5 minutes, bleeding gums or bruising
  • has tiny red or purple flat spots on the skin (petechiae)
  • is excessively tired, pale or short of breath
  • is dehydrated - weeing less, dry mouth, no tears when crying
  • is in severe or long-lasting (persistent) pain
  • refuses to drink
  • is not swallowing saliva
  • has missed a dose of medication
  • is vomiting less than half an hour after medication
Contact numbers
 Area  Phone number                           

 Outpatient clinic 

   
 Inpatient ward  
 Hospital switchboard  
 Shared care hospital  

All the pages in the childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the National Child Cancer Network Clinical Leader.

This page last reviewed 20 June 2017.
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