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For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2010
(LONDON, Ontario) – The Children and Youth Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre today launched the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
The Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was developed for children and youth to help them understand what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their stay at Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. The rights include, but are not limited to, rights to information, privacy and confidentiality, consent and choice.
“We hope that this document will help patients gain a sense of empowerment, allowing them to feel secure and comfortable asking questions of staff and coping with their hospital stay,” said Steven McLean, founding member of the council.
As well as helping patients, the Bill of Rights will also be useful for staff.
“This initiative is also intended to be a resource for physicians and staff to help improve the family centered care philosophy of Children's Hospital at LHSC,” said Laurie Gould, Integrated Vice President, Women and Children’s Services.
In addition to the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, the Children and Youth Advisory Council also premiered Sincerely, A Child, a new and original song created to enhance patient, family and health-care provider understanding of the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
“Council members felt that there is greater likelihood that individuals will retain the information when shared through a song, rather than presented solely through detailed points on paper,” said Dr. Paul Atkison Integrated Senior Medical Director, Women and Children’s Services.
The Children and Youth Advisory Council is a patient and sibling advisory council to Children’s Hospital. Members are between 11 and 17 years old and work collaboratively with hospital staff to improve the patient experience by providing fresh, new, helpful, and creative ideas.
The Bill of Rights document came about after hospital leaders asked the Children and Youth Advisory Council what was most important to them about how care is provided at Children’s Hospital. Council members shared their positive and negative experiences through workshops and meetings, and decided to share their views further by writing the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities document,
Please see the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities on the Children and Youth Advisory Council website at: http://www.lhsc.on.ca/cyac
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
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