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Friday, 18 April 2008

Sydney Children’s Hospital marks important rite of passage

Moving from a paediatric hospital to an adult hospital may not seem like a big deal, but to those children and families who have been in and out of the one hospital since birth, the idea of moving on can be a daunting experience.

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick will hold a special graduation ceremony tomorrow Friday 18 April for eight long-term adolescent patients, to mark their important transition to adult services.

Sydney Children’s Hospital’s Director of Clinical Operations, Dr Michael Brydon,said that as adolescents reach adulthood they outgrow the expertise of paediatric clinical teams and need to move to an adult health service.

“Like any rite of passage, the transition to adult services marks an important and challenging time in their young adult lives,” Dr Brydon said.

“With advances in technology and scientific breakthroughs, more and more children are surviving into adulthood, making the smooth transition to adult services even more important.”

Dr Brydon said this was a sad but inevitable event, and was often a time of great anxiety and loss for all concerned, including the Hospital’s staff.

“Many of these patients have been with us for the majority of their lives,” Dr Brydon said.

“There is no doubt that we share a great deal with families who trust us to help take care of their children.

“Some moments are incredibly bonding and will live in our memories for many years to come.”

Dr Brydon said the aim of the graduation ceremony was to celebrate shared achievements and to make the transition a welcoming process, marking an important milestone in their lives.

The Graduation Ceremonies are unique to Sydney Children’s Hospital, and form part of a greater transitional program at the Hospital.

When: Friday 18 April, 2008 at 10.30am
Where: Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
John Beveridge Lecture Theatre, level 1
Who: Eight long-term adolescent patients, their families and medical staff

For Further Information Contact:

Jessica Jaramillo, Public Affairs on (02) 9382 3578 or 0404 001 722

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