During the transplant process, children with severe immunodeficiency are in isolation for long periods of time. This can be very challenging for them and their families.
The clinical psychologist works with patients and the SCIDS service during the transplant process and after their discharge from hospital.
The type of work we do with children and their families includes:
- Preparation for transplant
- Emotional support for children during their hospital stay and after they’re discharged
- Emotional support for parents and families
- Educational matters
- Worries about medical procedures and treatment
- Adjustment after transplant.
The clinical psychologist works closely with the doctors, nurses, social workers, play therapists and other professionals in the SCIDS service.
How can I access the service?
Children can be referred to our service by other professionals working within the SCIDS team. Family members or carers can also be referred to the service.
Who you might meet
Consultant clinical psychologist
Manages the team, provides psychological support to children and their families in the SCIDS Service, and provides consultation to other members of the team about psychosocial aspects of care.
Provide support to children and families in the SCIDS Service, and advice and consultation to other members of the team on psychosocial aspects of care.
Deals with telephone enquiries and organises appointments, typing and sending out letters.
Primary Immunodeficiency Association
Ben’s Bone Marrow Transplant: Published by Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
For more information about the children’s immunology healthcare psychology service, please contact:
Tel: 0191 282 4081
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm.
Psychology in Health Care
Old Children’s Outpatients
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne