We use the word transition to describe the process of preparing young people to transfer from a paediatrics model of healthcare to an adolescent environment.

The transition is a gradual process. All our staff in adolescent services are experts in caring for young adults.

The thought of moving to a new hospital and leaving the staff that you have got to know over the years can be difficult, as it is with any change throughout a young person’s life whether this is moving from primary school to secondary, college to university or entering into employment. It is our job to ensure that we make this transition as easy as possible for you.

Click here for a virtual tour of UCLH. This will enable you to view various sections of the hospital at your convenience. It will allow you to familiarise yourself with where the hospital is located and different departments which may be of use to you. We hope this makes you feel slightly less anxious and more comfortable about coming to your new hospital environment and moving around with ease.

You will also be given an opportunity to take a physical tour with your transition coordinator. You will receive a reminder appointment phone call a week before your appointment where the time can be arranged (30 to 40 minutes before you appointment). She can meet you outside Warren Street station, Euston Square station or the entrance to the main hospital. She can then show you around relevant sections of the hospital and talk to you in detail about UCLH and the services we provide.

One of the biggest differences between a children’s hospital and an adolescent setting is the amount of independence you will be given in relation to your care. This will encourage you to learn about your condition therefore, enables you to be more involved in your care and make decisions for yourself. Although this can be scary, it is also good to have more control over your health and the care you are given. When you are asked to make decisions about your health, you will be given all the information you need to make the right choice. You can always ask questions and let staff know if you are not sure about anything. They will make sure that you understand everything that might be involved.

The transition coordinator works as part of the Adolescent Rheumatology Clinic between Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

The co-ordinator will introduce herself during your last appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital and see you within your new hospital environment at UCLH and will go through an information pack with you and this includes:

Your appointment at the adolescent rheumatology department

This document tells you how to prepare for your appointment, what to expect when you arrive/during your appointment and information on travel, closest tube stations and bus routes which are most easily accessible to UCLH.

Your Transition coordinator

This document tells you all specific ways your transition coordinator can support you alongside their contact details.

Meet the team

This shows you our whole team and provides details of each individual who they are and what they do. It also includes contact detail for the majority of staff in order to make them as easily accessible to you as possible when you have a query or require advice.

Arthritis Care leaflet

Arthritis Care works in partnership with UCLH and offers events for 12-18 year olds to meet other young people with arthritis to share ideas on living with arthritis and learn new skills to help you manage your condition.

Blood test fact sheet

This will inform you that you may be asked to take a blood test after your first appointment and where this is possible.