Young people with long term health needs often face repeated or extended inpatient stays or repeated outpatient appointments at Noble’s. Many can feel isolated by their medical condition so BtG has created & fully funded the BtG POD – an age appropriate environment far removed from that of a clinical ward.
Working in partnership with the Departments of Health and Education, our vision has become a reality with the BtG POD opened on 9th November 2018 by Buddy a miniature Shetland pony – highlighting the fact that little things can make a big difference!
BtG has provided entertainment trolleys in adult wards
BtG has equipped the ‘Teen Zone’ on Children’s ward
BtG is linking with other charitable support groups
Bridge the Gap is working with other charities and organisations to identify how we can work together to improve current support and care for this age group.
Teenage Cancer Trust has donated one of their signature juke boxes for the Pod and is also providing training for our lead youth worker.
Links to support groups for young people as well as their families and carers are included on this website charitable support groups.
BtG researched improvements in patient transfer facilities and care:
Following extensive research, including our questionnaire, meetings with Patient Transfer and TravelWatch Isle of Man, it was decided that BtG should put together a presentation to ‘Travel Watch Isle of Man’ (link below). This was then presented to the Council of Voluntary Organisations (CVO) to ensure Patient Transfer problems faced by all patients were addressed in the document.
BtG is delighted that the project has been taken forward by the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, which along with the CVO secured a waiting room within Ronaldsway and John Lennon Airports.
It is hoped that the other issues highlighted in the document as needing improvement will also be addressed in the near future.
Encouraging local companies to donate to help young people
The BtG AMI patient aid
The aid was kindly donated to BtG by Peter and Sally Van Veen of Vannin Health Care, originally destined for Nobles Hospital, it was decided that it was more beneficial to be at Alder Hey where young people from the island receive treatment for acute conditions.
The aid was delivered to its new home in September 2017 – the therapy room on the acute neurosciences ward at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Questionnaires have helped to shape the vision of of Bridge the Gap. The following link is to a questionnaire specifically for those who have a complex medical condition or parents of carers of a young person:- *Patient/Parent/Carer questionnaire