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This information leaflet explains about the transition process and what it will mean for you.
This describes the process of planning, preparing and moving on from children’s health care to adult health care. Transition is a gradual process. It gives everyone time to talk about what health care you will need as an adult and make sure you’re ready to make the move. It’s a sign that you are growing up and moving on with your life.
Most young people move on to an adult hospital when they are between 16 and 18 years old. You can ask your parents or your Consultant about when you will be making the move. Whatever your plan, you will have time to make sure you feel ready.
The staff at the Children’s Hospital are expert in caring for babies, children and teenagers, and the staff in the adult services are experts in caring for young adults, like you, and older people. The thought of moving to a new hospital and leaving the staff you have known over the years can be difficult. You may have felt the same way when you moved from primary school to secondary school. Once you get used to the new adult hospital you will soon get to know the staff there. You may already have met some of them at clinics in the Children’s Hospital, when they see patients jointly as part of the transition process.
One of the main differences is the amount of independence you will be given. Although this may seem scary, it is good to have more control over your health and the care you are given. This means you will need to learn about your condition, so that you can be more involved in your care and make decisions for yourself. Your parent, carer or close friend is still welcome to come with you if you want – many adults bring someone with them to hospital appointments for support. You can still ask your parent or carer for advice if you want.
These clinics take place in the Medical Outpatients’ Department of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, opposite to the main hospital entrance, on Eastern Road. When you arrive you need to book in at the main Reception Desk and you will be shown where to wait for your appointment.
Doctors you may meet include:
Dr Anna Crown
Dr Ali Chakera
You may also meet the nurse specialists:
Members of the Diabetes Nurse Specialist team
01273 696955 extension 64205
The nurse specialists will be able to help you by answering your questions, giving you information, offering advice and support and helping you organise you move.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: July 2021
Review Date: April 2024