Day out for young kidney patients
- 21 Feb 2017
"The BKPA funded another great trip for young kidney patients. In December 2016 young people across the South East were invited to attend an afternoon of bowling, socialising, food and drink. There were 15 young people and three Young Adult Workers. The workers from Guys and St Thomas’, St Georges and the Royal Free organised the event which took place at Bloomsbury Lanes in Central London.
These events are important for young people’s emotional wellbeing. It is an opportunity for them to meet other patients of a similar age, going through similar situations as them. Many younger kidney patients report feeling like they are the only ones their age in the hospital, particularly if they have a stay on an adult ward with many older or elderly patients.
Facilitating an event for young people to come together in a fun, and relaxed environment enables them to access peer support, share experiences and have some enjoyment associated with their kidney disease.
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