Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed a new scheme from the Scottish Government which is to be rolled out across Scotland’s children’s hospitals, helping children combat their fear of being in hospital.
“This wonderful new scheme, devised by psychologists at Yorkhill Hospital, lets children collect ‘stamps’ for their ‘Hospital Passport’ as they ‘travel’ to various departments for treatment. It aims to make children feel more at ease, and more involved in their treatment and care.
“The passport is jointly funded by Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and NHS Education for Scotland (NES). There has also been interest from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the National Children’s Hospital in Dublin to develop their own passport scheme.
“Children and parents who have used the scheme have said how it has made the experience of going to hospital less daunting and made it easier for their children to discuss their treatment. Children who have used the Passport are more able to communicate their thoughts and feelings about procedures and treatments to staff, enabling them to be at the centre of decisions relating to their treatment.
“NHS Scotland goes to great lengths to minimise any distress or discomfort for children when they are in hospital and this new initiative will hopefully make the experience much less scary.”
Children or their parents can request a copy of the Hospital Passport Coping Kit from staff when they come into hospital.
It includes an information sheet for parents so they can use the passport to talk through with their child what will happen to them in hospital, discuss anything which is making the child anxious, and choose techniques to make them feel less worried.
It is primarily aimed at primary school aged children but can also be used for older children