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There may be differences between the services that you receive at a children’s hospital and the services that you will receive when you reach adult healthcare.
Below is an outline of some of the main differences you may come across, and some helpful hints and key questions to ask.
Sometimes change can be challenging but hopefully these tips can help make your transition to a new hospital an easier experience. This is an exciting stage of your life as you become an adult and take charge of your health.
If you are unsure about your health, your condition or treatment, don’t be afraid to ask your new doctors.
Write your questions down.
Be confident and honest.
Practise having solo or part solo appointments with your doctor in the paediatric service.
Doctors give information and use language that you can understand. If you don’t understand you can always ask your parents.
You may be used to seeing one or the same doctor/s each time.
Adult services should use language that you understand, particularly about your condition or treatment.
You may be seeing different doctors each time.
If possible, visit and familiarise yourself with the new healthcare service.
Make sure you know how to get there before you transfer.
You are be more likely to be referred to services outside the hospital.
These services may also have different expectations of you now that you are an adult.
Know how to get to your appointment and know where to go. Request services as close to home as possible.
Book appointments in advance and keep track of them.
Know if there is a difference in what is expected of you in these services.