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Switch to adult care made easy

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A new nurse-led service at Poole Hospital in Dorset is helping young people with long-term illnesses move from children’s to adult services.

Children’s ward sister Karen Fernley and deputy sister Viv Turner (pictured left) set up the service for those aged 14–19 with matron for medicine Geoffrey Walker. Based around an assessment of their needs, it was developed with patients like David Vater (also pictured), who has cystic fibrosis.

‘It is great now but two years ago I was really scared about establishing new relationships on the ward,’ said Mr Vater.

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