Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Charlotte joins Harvey's Gang at RVI Newcastle

#HelloMyNameIs Charlotte and I am 8 and I love kittens.

I have poly-articular JIA. (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis). 

This means that I have arthritis in lots of my joints. I have medicine to make me better but it is nasty and I need my blood checking. I hate having my blood taken as it hurts and spoils my day. 

The JIA nurses told me about Harvey’s gang and said that I could see what happens to my blood. I was taken around the labs and allowed to be a scientist and given a bag of treats. I had a good day and it has helped me to understand why my blood is needed. Thank you. I love the red blood cell from the bag also everything else!

The scientists and assistants in the Blood Sciences laboratory loved having Charlotte as our newest trainee scientist; she is a great addition to Harvey’s Gang! 

All the laboratory staff find it very rewarding showing the members of Harvey’s Gang around, we often feel removed from the patient experience but meeting Harvey’s Gang members like Charlotte helps us remember what an important job we do. 

Hopefully Charlotte enjoyed her visit and will be a little less scared of having her bloods taken in the future.  

As far as I can see I do believe that Charlotte had a truly remarkable day with some amazing laboratory staff, well done everyone  at RVI: Great Patient experiences: thanks, Malcolm Robinson

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