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Thursday, 27 November 2008

Sydney Children’s Hospital delivers a life changing Christmas present

Eight long term patients of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick will be given possibly the most memorable Christmas present ever - the opportunity to leave the children’s hospital, for good.

Tomorrow, Friday 28 November, the Hospital will hold a very special graduation ceremony, marking eight long term patients’ transition to adult services.

Most of the graduates have been cared for by the Hospital since birth.

Sydney Children’s Hospital’s Director of Clinical Operations, Dr Michael Brydon, said 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 with serious medical conditions are surviving into adulthood, making the smooth transition to adult services even more important.”

Dr Brydon said this was a transition filled with anxiety, excitement and a touch of sadness in the farewells which are exchanged between patients and 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.'

“As clinicians we recognise that care will equally be provided by our colleagues in the adult facilities. Some of the moments we have shared are incredibly bonding and will live in our memories for many years to come.'

“We wish our graduates and their families all the best, and trust that this year’s Christmas will be one of the brightest.”

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 28 November, 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 Officer on (02) 9382 3578 or 0404 001 722

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