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New Health Passport will make healthcare visits easier

11 February 2013

Do you find visits to hospital and health care settings stressful? Are you fed up of having to go over and over your child’s individual likes, dislikes, what they eat, don’t eat, what makes them anxious, how they communicate, whether they are likely to fall out of bed, for example?

A brand new ‘Health Passport’, developed by Alain Glenn and other members of the Specialist Nursing team at Seaside View, promises to greatly improve the experience of children with special educational needs and disability in health care settings.
Developed with parent carers from the very outset, the ‘passport’ includes detail such as ‘How do I show pain and how can you support me?’, ‘What makes me anxious’ and ‘How am I usually’ (vital for our young people whose ‘usual’ may differ from that of other children) as well as information about medication, toileting, feeding and communication. It reflects the very unique nature of our children and will give health staff an instant snapshot of your child and, hopefully, a much more in depth understanding of them as young people and their individual needs.

Nurse Consultant Tracey Young says: “The specialist nursing team are keen to improve the experiences of disabled children in hospital. We hope that this Passport alongside other initiatives, such as training and the future introduction of communication aids will really make a difference. However, the Health Passport will also be useful in any setting where a ‘snapshot’of your child’s needs is required.”

Download the Health_Passport_2013 here You can complete it digitally and then print out or call Seaside View for a paper copy. Simply fill it in and hand it to health care staff when you arrive for a planned or unplanned visit to hospital or other health care setting.

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