Meaning of transition

What is transition?

‘Transition’ is the process of getting ready to be looked after by adult doctors and nurses having previously been looked after by children’s doctors and nurses.
 

What does transition mean to me?

Transition is a time when you – rather than your parents – begin to take control of managing your hormone condition and care – some things will happen naturally others you may have to work through a plan with your parents or doctors and nurses.

This involves the following:-

  • Finding out what keeps you healthy, for example, your eating and exercise
  • Starting to be more involved in helping the doctors make the right decisions for you
  • Finding out more about your condition and how it will affect you as an adult
  • Starting to become more independent in managing your hormone condition
  • Finding out more about where and when your care will be transferred

When does transition start?

Transition is a gradual process and should start between the ages of 11 and 13 so that you are ready for transfer between 16 and 19 years of age.
 

What will happen in clinic?

Every clinic is different but some time between the ages of 11 and 13 your doctor or nurse may begin to talk to you and your parents about transition. Gradually you will be encouraged to be more involved in helping the doctors make the right decisions for you and to find out more about your condition and how it will affect you as an adult. You will also be encouraged to become more independent in managing your hormone condition, for example, you might begin having part or all of your hospital appointments without your parents present if you want to.