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Cystic Fibrosis - The need for segregation

Segregation for patients with Cystic Fibrosis has been in place at the Royal Brompton Hospital since 2006. Our patients can find these changes quite difficult. We made this film to explain why segregation is in place and what we should know about cross infection.

In May 2006 the Royal Brompton Hospital Trust took the difficult decision to introduce a policy of segregation for all respiratory patients who grew bacteria called pseudomonas.

The decision was difficult because it has serious ‘quality of life’ implications for our pupils. Children and young people with respiratory conditions, mostly Cystic Fibrosis, make up the large part of our population at this site. Our way of being a hospital school, staff and pupils together, changed radically overnight.

To try to deal with some of these changes we asked our students two questions:

    1. Do you understand the reason for segregation?
    2. What could we do in the school to make this new change more manageable for you?

The overwhelming response from our pupils, who have regular admissions to Royal Brompton Hospital, was that they had some understanding of the reasons for this policy, but often forgot or found it difficult to adhere to it. This was especially difficult when in the past the culture in the classroom and on Rose Ward was very much one of being together.

Our pupils suggested that regular discussion about segregation would be helpful and as a result this video was made to help new and existing patients understand the importance and need for segregation.