It’s obvious from our name that Seattle Children’s is a pediatric hospital. But we don’t just treat infants and small children… a large percentage of our patients are teens and young adults.
Children’s recently conducted an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) focus group to hear first-hand from them what they’d like to see in the new Building Hope expansion. Here’s what some of them had to say about space, privacy and sharing rooms.
Heather: “I felt frustrated with having a 5 year old roommate screaming in the middle of the night because they had to get a shot.”
Apryl: “I didn’t like sharing a room… It’s hard to be an older person here with younger patients. Also, my mom could take a shower in the room if I was in a single room. I felt bad if she had to go upstairs.”
Emma: “ I don’t like whiny roommates.”
Virginia: “I felt frustrated – I don’t want to be here, I want to be home. I was 10 the first time and 16 the last hospitalization. Having my own room and window are great.”
Morgan: “If the room had a view and was a bigger room, it was nice. No view and a gross room were less good. One time my roommate had BurgerMaster and the smell made me sick.”
Carolyn: “I remember quad rooms. There isn’t enough room for several visitors at time. A bigger room is better.”
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