CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients, is supporting young people (over 16) who have had to go through treatment, attend scans and hospital appointments alone.
Together with Teenage Cancer Trust, we have found inconsistencies across the UK. Some appointments can be done virtually with family members present; meanwhile other young people have to go to hospital alone.
The coronavirus pandemic has been tough for everyone but especially young cancer patients, which is why CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust will be looking to work with the NHS in the New Year on this issue. The charities will be working in partnership to make sure hospital trusts prioritise allowing young cancer patients to have a companion where appropriate, to help reduce the risk of confusion, fear and isolation.
If you are under the age of 25 and have had to go into hospital alone due to covid restrictions, be sure to speak to your clinical care or social care team for support and advice. And, if you would like to share your story on this issue, you can contact our media team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org