Young patients and carers invited to transition information evenings

Two information evenings are being held for young people and their carers to discuss moving from the care of Children’s Services to Adult Services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

The first event is taking place on 12 September from 6pm – 8pm in the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre at NNUH. The focus will be on young people with diabetes transitioning from Children’s to Adult Services. Diabetes UK will be attending to talk about their youth project and there will also be a talk from a young patient with lived experience. There will also be a chance to meet members of the adult diabetes team and presentations from two youth workers who work in the department.

The second event will be held on 26 September from 6pm – 8pm and is for young people under all specialities who are transitioning from Children’s to Adult Services. Information will be given as well as general adolescent health and wellbeing support including talks on sleep health and mental health. There will also be information about the Norfolk and Norwich Youth Forum, a new group set up to help improve patient experience for young patients. There will also be other professionals outside the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre providing personalised and speciality specific information, as well as tours of the adult out-patients areas.

Kat Kitchener, Lead Transition Nurse, said: “These evenings are an opportunity to make sure we can give age-appropriate information to young people so that they are empowered to manage their long-term health conditions as they become young adults. It’s important we fill in any gaps in patients’ knowledge and skills so they can manage their conditions safely in the future.”

She added: “We’re excited to recruit members of our new Norfolk and Norwich Youth Forum so that we can give patients the chance to take part in improvement projects, co-produce patient information and offer peer support. The new forum will give us an opportunity to listen to valuable feedback from young patients.”

The events are taking place in the Benjamin Good Lecture Theatre, East Atrium, Level 1. Parking will be free for attendees.

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