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Old 16-06-2012, 10:06 PM
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Default Emotional support

Hi Dr S,
In your experience as a surgeon have you ever seen psychological support given to children/families (other than this forum)? Children are going through life changing surgery and in many cases there are also possible genetic causes to investigate. Quite a lot to take on board and work through.
The care we received from our surgeons was wonderful and I am aware that counselling can be accessed through GPs and Medicare but I think there would be some benefit in suggesting it and/or providing a social worker when attending clinics. Perhaps if it is just part of the routine appointments the children would feel more comfortable with seeking this support.
Would appreciate your thoughts and experience.