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Services for children and young people

Our Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Paediatric Nurse Practitioner run regular clinics for children and young people moving into adult care.

Many patients with Polyposis need to start their care before they become adults. Our Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Paediatric Nurse Practitioner run regular clinics for children and young people moving into adult care. We also have special endoscopy services for children and teenagers.

What we do?

Dr Hyer and Jackie Hawkins work together with the other nurses and doctors in the Polyposis Registry to support and look after children and young people with Polyposis syndromes. Dr Hyer also performs all the paediatric colonoscopy procedures when they are needed and Jackie arranges and coordinates the procedures. They also have clinics in the children’s department in Northwick Park Hospital. Dr Hyer will oversee a patient’s clinical care and Jackie will see children and young adults if they need to have any genetic blood tests performed.

What is our aim?

Our main aim is to keep all of the children and young people in our registry safe and to improve their experiences when they have to come into hospital, making sure that everyone has their appointments and colonoscopies at the right time.

Why was the Paediatric Nurse Practitioner role introduced?

  • To enhance the experience of children and young people attending appointment and procedures
  • To improve care and compliance with follow up
  • To increase patient satisfaction

Who do we see?

Children and young people from 0 – 18 years of age. Jackie will also see young people when they are over 18years of age if it is felt that it is helpful and supportive for them.

What is transition?

Transition is a process starting from the age of approximately 14 years and continuing until each young person and their parent feels ready to be transferred into the adult service. We offer to see children in the outpatient department with an adult doctor and nurse present and we have introduced special ‘transition lists’ for adolescents who need to have regular colonoscopies performed.

The transition clinic – Dr Hyer, Dr Lathford and Jackie Hawkins