Nursery Room for Sick Children "KOMOMO"

Nursery Room for Sick Children

About the Nursery Room for Sick Children

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The Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center Nursery Room for Sick Children "KOMOMO" provides day care for sick and convalescent children who are unable to attend their regular day-care facility, kindergarten, or elementary school.

The facility is staffed by nurses and childcare workers, who work with Kyoto University Hospital to look after the children of University students, faculty, and staff. (KOMOMO was established as part of the program "Comprehensive Support for Women Researchers -- Kyoto University Model", supported by the science ministry MEXT under its 2006-2008 Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology.)

Overview

Location On the 5th floor of Kyoto University Hospital's Outpatient Ward (enter from the East Entrance and use the elevator on the right)
Intended for Sick or convalescent children of Kyoto University faculty, staff, and students
Age limit From six months through the third year of elementary school
Capacity Five (including accommodation in the isolation room)
Open Monday through Friday (except on national holidays, 29 December through 3 January, and other days on which GEPC Director decides to close KOMOMO)
Hours 7:30-19:00
Hourly fee 500 yen per child (including lunch and snack) 
Student discount: 50%
Staff Nurses and childcare workers
How to use the service

Initial registration (free of charge) is required by 16:00 of the day before the intended date of use. To register, applicants must submit a registration form to KOMOMO along with a copy or scan of their staff or student ID, Notice of Employment, or other form of identification issued by Kyoto University. Those who do not have any of these documents are advised to contact KOMOMO.

Notes:

  • Phone reservation is required between 12:00-19:00 of the day before the day of use or earlier, or between 7:00-16:30 of the day of use.
  • Before visiting KOMOMO, applicants are also required to have their child examined by a physician and obtain a Physician's Report. At Kyoto University Hospital, these services are available at the outpatient unit of the Department of Pediatrics (reception: 8:15-11:00) and, before 8:15, at the Department of Primary Care and Emergency Medicine (via the off-hours reception).
  • KOMOMO disapproves of using emergency clinics and hospitals for these purposes.
  • KOMOMO staff speak Japanese only. In order to avoid miscommunication, those who are not fluent in the language are advised to have an interpreter make a phone reservation for them and accompany them to KOMOMO.
  • Services at KOMOMO are covered by Kokuritsu Daigaku Hojin Sogo Songai Hoken (general liability insurance for national universities) and Kokuritsu Daigaku Fuzoku Byoin Songai Baisho Sekinin Hoken (liability insurance for national university hospitals).

From registration to use

1. Initial registration

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Initial registration (free of charge) is required on the day before the intended date of use. The registration form can be downloaded here. Fill out and email the form to KOMOMO at byojih*kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replacing * with @), along with a scan of your staff or student ID, Notice of Employment, or other form of identification issued by Kyoto University. Those who do not have any of these documents are advised to contact KOKOMO.

Re-registration is required in order to keep information up to date.

Those intending to leave Kyoto University are requested to notify KOMOMO of their intention as soon as possible.

2. Prior medical examination

KOMOMO does not accept children with an infectious disease, such as influenza, as well as those in a critical condition. To determine whether the child has an infectious disease or other serious conditions, he/she must be examined by a physician before being brought to KOMOMO. A prior medical examination is important also for ensuring that KOMOMO staff are aware of the child's health status and ready to provide appropriate care.

Such examinations can be performed by a family doctor or at the outpatient unit of KU Hospital's Department of Pediatrics. During the examination, please be sure to show the letter of explanation to the doctor and ask him/her to complete the Physician's Report (English/Japanese).

KOMOMO does not approve of using emergency clinics and hospitals for these purposes.

Children will NOT be admitted to the regular nursery room if they:

  • Are in the acute phase of a highly contagious infectious disease (chicken pox, mumps, measles, rubella, influenza, rotavirus, adenovirus infection, pool fever, etc)
  • Are susceptible to infections and likely to develop severe symptoms once infected (eg taking immunosuppressant drugs due to leukemia or cancer, severe heart disease, severe renal disease, collagen disease, etc)
  • Are dehydrated from constant vomiting and/or diarrhea (dry skin/lips, few or no tears when crying, near comatose, etc)
  • Have respiratory difficulties due to coughing with wheezing (including asthma attacks)
  • Have been determined by a physician to be unfit for admission to the nursery room

Children will be admitted to the isolation room if they:

  • Have a fever of 38.5°C or higher
  • Show gastroenteritic symptoms, such as diarrhea or vomiting
  • Have a cough and/or sore throat, but cannot wear a mask due to acute upper respiratory inflammation or bronchitis
  • Have been determined by a physician to be in need of isolation

About KOMOMO's policies regarding infectious diseases

KOMOMO does not accept children diagnosed with infectious diseases. The facility is located within KU Hospital, and is therefore subject to the Hospital's infection control measures.

3.Reservations

Advance reservations are required in order to use KOMOMO. Except in emergencies, reservations must be made no later than the day before the intended date of use. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will close when all available places (five) are filled for that day. Same-day reservations may be accepted if there are vacancies.

After making a reservation, please read the "Notice Regarding Establishment of Isolation Room", download necessary documents, including the "Application Form" and "Use Consent Form", and fill them in before visiting KOMOMO.

For reservations, call: 075-751-3090 (7:30-19:00 Monday through Friday)

4.Bringing the child to KOMOMO

Things to bring to KOMOMO with the child

  1. Application Form (required for each visit)
  2. Physician's Report
  3. Use Consent Form (required for the first visit)
  4. Student ID (required of undergraduate and graduate students)
  5. Any medication that the child is currently taking (including PRN medications)
  6. Three or more spare sets of clothing, face towels, etc (Each item should be clearly marked with the child's name.)
  7. Plastic bags for laundry
  8. Diapers and wet wipes (if necessary)
  9. Baby formula and nursing bottle (if necessary)
  10. Baby food (if necessary)
  11. Allergy-free snacks and packed lunch (if necessary)
  12. A few of the child's favorite toys and books
    Some children's books and toys are available at KOMOMO.

Emergencies

KOMOMO does not provide medical treatment, such as injections and IVs. If the child's condition worsens, such as requiring immediate medical attention, the staff will call the parent or other emergency contact to request that the child be picked up.

If neither the parent nor other emergency contacts can be reached, or when the nurse in charge determines the child to be in need of emergency care, KOMOMO will take the child to KU Hospital's outpatient unit.

Fees

Bills will be sent on a monthly basis from GEPC to the user's home or work address as specified on the Application Form. Payment must be made by the due date by bank transfer. (Bank charges must be paid by the user.)