15 Jan 2016
The Allergy Adventures' Passport for hospitals heads north (whoop, whoop!)
Posted: 15 Jan 2016
It's been 2 years 2 months and 17 days since the launch of the first Allergy Adventures' Passport in St Thomas' Hospital. And like an elderly granny I'm left shaking my head in a bemused way, wondering, 'Where did the time go?'
So for the Passport's 2 years 2 months and 17 days anniversary (that's definitely a thing), I thought I'd give you an update. Because it hasn't just stayed in St Thomas'. Nope. From its début in London, the Allergy Adventures' Passport has started a slow march north via Essex.
Here's the scoop:
London is currently winning the AA Passport race
After putting itself on the map in London, the Passport is now being used in:
• Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
• Dr George Du Toit's private allergy clinic
• The Royal Free hospital
Once the big players in the smoke were under its spell, the passport headed for some sun 'n' surf (kind of) and travelled east in the vague direction of the sea.
Great Yarmouth adopts the AA Passport
After a parent contacted her allergy clinic, the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth introduced the Passport. The moral of that story? Never underestimate the power of the parent (more on that later).
Essex gets in on the action
I presented at a conference in Newmarket to a gathering of professors, doctors and nurses working in the allergy field. From there I met Dr Sihra and his team. Next thing, the Passport launched in Colchester Hospital.
The Midlands get wind of the passport and...
Not to be outdone by their southern counterparts, those in the know at the Royal Derby Children's Hospital requested the AA Passport. It's now up and running and the feedback is very positive!
And now it's off to Yorkshire (fingers crossed)
I'm currently in discussions with Leeds Children's Hospital and I'm hoping to bring you some positive news very soon!
Thank you thank you thank you
I'm over the moon by the success of the passport, so huge thanks to all parents, doctors, nurses, influencers and others who've had a hand in getting the Passport into clinics and hospitals.
Let's see if we can crack Scotland next!
What's the point of the Passport?
I created the Allergy Adventures' Passport to help reduce children's anxiety when they visit the allergy clinic. It adds a fun element to their appointment, and the children get their brightly coloured passport 'stamped' on completing different stages - seeing the nurse, skin prick test, etc.
And at the end of their visit? Children receive a reward certificate and stickers, which they love. Parents also love how the Passport distracts children from the real purpose of the hospital visit.
Here's what doctors say about the Passport:
"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
Would YOUR child like the passport in their allergy clinic?
If you'd like to see the Allergy Adventures' Passport in your child's allergy clinic, it's time to channel your parent power. Call your child's allergy clinic and let them know about this initiative to help improve patient care.
Then send them the link to the video above which shows the passport in action. It also includes feedback from leading allergy specialists, Dr Adam Fox and Dr George du Toit. (here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYUtDqkWSQE).
Ask your consultant to watch the video and then give them my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. And I'll take care of the rest!
Fingers crossed that between us we can add some fun (and education) into each allergy clinic in the country. And help make a stressful trip to the hospital, a little more bearable for kids.