13-14 years old
Transition usually starts in early teenage years. We’ll encourage our teenagers to see their health professional for part of their consultation on their own, with parents invited to join for part. Transition is not about parental exclusion but about preparation for the changing roles which come with adulthood.
Turning 16 and the young adult clinic
A young adult clinic (YAC) is held twice monthly in the Guy’s adult kidney clinic and all our kidney patients are invited to this once they reach their 16th birthday. There’s a young adult kidney care coordinator who aims to smooth over the transfer to their service.
Evelina London patients attend the YAC for up to two years before they transfer to adult services. In the early months it’s about peer and parental support with a change of environment and the children’s team will still be responsible for your care until your 18th birthday.
For further information, please discuss with your clinical nurse specialist or contact:
- Vanda Fairchild, young adult kidney care co-ordinator, Guy’s Hospital
tel: 020 7188 7188 ext 52722/075 8162 1930
Our young adults with specific learning needs will require additional support during this time which will be discussed on an individual basis.
After your 18th birthday
At your 18th birthday the only major change which happens with your kidney care is the change of responsibility to the adult specialist team and their inpatient services. You’ll continue to attend the YAC until either your 25th birthday or until you choose to attend a regular adult clinic.
Depending on individual needs, transfer to adult care may be to a local service near where you live, or go to university. If you have stable transplant function, you’ll also have the option of choosing to attend the Guy’s adult kidney unit.
MyKidneyCare is our young adult kidney app (developed with support from our Kidney Patient Association).
It can help you learn more and organise your ongoing kidney care and is free to download on iPhone and Android phones.