Picture this…

You just turned thirteen and your parents let you go rock climbing this past weekend. You had a great time with old friends and some new friends as you celebrated your birthday out of town. You woke up this morning feeling like you got run over by a bus with a splitting headache and frequent visits to the loo, wah! It feels like exorcism from within! You cannot seem to figure out what is going on and the meds mum gave you in the morning seem to have made the situation worse… 

You get to the hospital, after getting registered by your parents you take a seat. The waiting room is a beehive of activity, there are kids everywhere, some kids hanging off the jungle gym,others are animatedly telling their parents stories while sitting on their lap,another two are running up and down the waiting area and there is Winnie the Pooh showing on the waiting area TV. As you try to figure out what Winnie the Pooh would do in your situation, you feel a tiny hand on your knee. Your eyes are met by this little boy with a runny nose and a lolly pop in one hand…the other little hand is covered in syrupy goodness and it is grasping your new jeans! Deep breath in as you  politely disengage from the sticky grasp and  you excuse yourself for the fifth time today to use the loo while your parents stay behind to listen out for your name…

Does this sound familiar for you or your teen? Adolescents are unique and sensitive . They are not only transitioning physically and emotionally…it is a social transformation too!  Gone are the days when they were comfortable sitting in a waiting room filled with kids younger than they are. As teens grow, they want to be treated differently and with some level of privacy and exclusivity.

I would like to introduce to you the All Stars Clinic. It is our youth friendly clinic that provides clinical services exclusively to ten to twenty one year olds. The All Stars Clinic is located at Gertrude’s Hospital Muthaiga and runs Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. The clinic has its own waiting area where teens can sit,wait and interact with their peers as they wait for their doctor’s appointments, laboratory results or even their ride home. There is a WiFi network available for the teens who may need to catch up with the latest news, entertainment or catch up with friends online. There are also games available to keep the teens occupied,improve their problem solving skills as well as foster bonding between parents and their teens. When was the last time you challenged your son or daughter to a game of chess or monopoly or PS?

Picture this…

Your thirteen year old child had an out of town trip and woke up feeling lousy…nothing you have tried to do to help seems to be working. You get to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital and make your way to registration. After that is done and your teen’s vital measurements are done, a staff member escorts you to the All Stars Clinic and upon arrival you are received by the All Stars team –the receptionist offers you a seat and while you take a seat,your child connects your phone to the WiFi with the password given by the receptionist. Both of you catch up with the world while you wait for your turn to be seen by the doctor. A father and his teen son walk out of the exam room and you catch the final part of their conversation as the doctor bids them farewell and reminds them to be back next holiday and it is your turn to go in.

You are welcomed in by the doctor, who you soon find out is placed in that clinic specifically to cater to the health needs of teens. Your teen relaxes, you relax…you are both in safe hands.

Welcome to the All Stars Clinic!