“Children were explaining insulin pump functions to each other and parents were discussing the importance of control using conventional means as a prerequisite before being offered a pump.
“The film is being shown at the Royal Free Hospital to children newly diagnosed with diabetes as an educational tool and ‘mythbuster’. The film was a delight to make and all parents and children were thrilled with the outcome and thoroughly enjoyed taking part.”
Steve and his colleague Victoria Dublon will be presenting the video and a poster about the project at the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Annual Conference in Newcastle from 22-24 November.
Around 14% of the school’s children have a long-term medical condition, with 200 young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes across the Royal Free Trust, which includes Chase Farm, Barnet and Royal Free Hospitals.
An estimated 125,000 UK children miss more than 14 school days per year meaning most hospitals have an education provision.
The RFHCS offers high quality education for all children who are inpatients at the Royal Free Hospital. It also provides a limited number of places for children who are not inpatients but who are receiving support from medical or mental health services and may benefit from attending the school on a daily basis.
The school operates within a multidisciplinary framework; working closely with a range of professionals including consultant doctors, mental health professionals, physiotherapists, speech therapists and other agencies.
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