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Transforming the future for young people

with complex autism

Quarterly Newsletter

March 2021

Prior's Court News

Our new Health & Wellbeing Hub

has opened, following a successful

fundraising campaign which was

supported by a number of individuals,

local companies and charitable trusts

and foundations.

The project has involved transforming an existing

building on site into a new bespoke facility which will

positively impact the lifelong health and wellbeing of

the young people in our care.

A designated medical treatment room has been

designed to replicate external healthcare settings,

helping our young people to overcome anxieties and

become more comfortable in these environments.

This in turn means essential medical appointments

are more likely to be successful.

Our Director of Residential Care Services, Sarah

Butcher, said: "Accessing healthcare - such as an

appointment at the hospital, doctors or dentist -

can be a stressful experience for young people with

autism.

"Visiting an unfamiliar environment outside of

normal routine, crowded waiting rooms and

previous negative experiences can all contribute to

extreme anxiety. Even with significant planning and

preparation, attending medical appointments still

poses a significant challenge. As an example, up

to 50% of dental

appointments are

not successful due to

young people not being

comfortable in the dentist

chair.

"So the new treatment room

will be a huge help in ensuring

our young people can receive the

best possible healthcare while at

Prior's Court - and for the rest of their lives."

Additionally, a dedicated in-house pharmacy will

help to manage the high volume of medication and

treatments required to cater for complex health

needs. Our young people all have complex autism

and learning difficulties - as well as an average of

another four diagnosable conditions. This means

that even with input from a team of therapeutic

professionals, many still have a high requirement

for medication, with an average of four different

medications per Young person.

Two new therapy engagement rooms in the Hub

offer opportunities for observation by consultants,

meaning that young people have improved access

to on-site appointments.

Finally, a new shared workspace will enable the

nursing and therapy teams to work closely

together for an even more collaborative

approach to all aspects of the young people

they are supporting.

Head of Fundraising Karen White said:

"We're really grateful to everyone who

supported our appeal. Thanks to their

donations we can ensure the best possible

treatments for our young people so that they

can have healthier, happier and more independent

futures."

New hub to help transform health and

wellbeing of our young people

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