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  • 24 Oct 2014

    Allergy Adventures' Passport Pack has arrived in Colchester Hospital

    Posted: 24 Oct 2014

    Oh ye! Oh ye! I'm excited to announce that the allergy team at Colchester Hospital has started using the Allergy Adventures® Passport Pack.

    The clinical team, headed by Dr Bhupinder Sihra and nurse specialist, Sandy Birkett, launched the passport earlier this month and are really pleased with how it has been received by parents and children. They report that children are now 'more engaged, knowing they are not alone with their allergy, and have allergy friends to share with'.

    And that's a air punch from me!

    I first met with the team at Colchester Hospital in March after they expressed an interest in using the Allergy Adventures® Passport Pack. The passport pack is personalised for each individual hospital, so I scribbled down what the Colchester team needed, switched the kettle on, set to work and *tadaling* (magic wand sound), the deed was done.

    On behalf of Colchester Hospital and myself I would also like to say a special thank you to Nutricia who helped fund this initiative.

    The passport pack is now being used in:
    Guys' and St Thomas' Hospital, London
    -  Dr George Du Toit's private allergy clinic, London
    Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
    -  Colchester Hospital

    *air punch*

    Could your hospital benefit from the Allergy Adventures® Passport Pack?
    If you don't know what the passport pack is, or how it helps children, this blog post tells you everything. Or you can watch the passport in action.

    And if you want to see the passport pack in use at your child's allergy outpatients department? Send this link to the head of your child's allergy team to see if the passport would be useful for their hospital. Or they can always email me for more info.

    And I'll end with the words of eminent physicians Dr Adam Fox and Dr George Du Toit, Consultant Paediatric Allergists at Guys' and St Thomas' Hospital, London.

    "The passports that we've instituted, particularly for toddlers and younger children, have really been well received. They've made children who are otherwise very anxious, really engage with the experience of coming in and seem to enjoy the experience that little bit more."
    Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergist

    "The Allergy Adventures passports help map out a child's journey through the clinic. They like collecting their stamps, going through the maze and it gives them a sense of achievement. And I think it was desperately needed in a busy clinic."
    Dr  George Du Toit, Consultant Paediatric Allergist

    If you have questions or if your child has already experienced the Allergy Adventures® Passport Pack, I'd love to hear from you. Email me, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

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