Sick kids given ‘passport’ to ease anxiety

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SICK children are to be issued with passports in a bid to ­combat their fear of going in to hospital.

The groundbreaking scheme, which sees ­children use the passport to collect a variety of stickers and stamps as they travel to ­different ­departments, is to be introduced at the Capital’s Sick Kids’ hospital. The documents will also be marked when ­poorly children undergo ­different stages of their ­treatment.

It follows a successful trial period of more than a year at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

Health Secretary Alex Neil is set to announce the roll-out of the scheme to other hospitals after witnessing it in action on Monday and meeting with children, staff and families who have been using it.

The A5 document, which is designed to look like a real passport, also provides space for the children who have one to write their own requests which hospital staff can then read and act upon.