The Royal Hospital for Sick Children now issues its very own special “Hospital Passport” to young patients to help them feel more involved in their care and less scared of negotiating complex hospital treatments.
Dr Janie Donnan came up with the idea and worked with colleagues to make it happen - and now the Passport has truly opened doors beyond national boundaries with inquiries from children’s hospitals in England, Ireland and Canada wanting to endorse and copy the Initiative.
The patient held booklet aims to help children combat their fear of being in hospital and make them feel more at ease and more involved in their treatment and care. Children use their “Hospital Passport” around the hospital collecting a variety of stickers and stamps as they go through various treatments, or ‘travel’ to different departments.
Feedback from children, parents and staff has been fantastic with everyone benefiting from this simply but very effective tool.
Janie is thrilled to win a Chairman’s Award and is delighted to be able to help raise the general awareness of the Hospital Passport.