Last fall, the Lindisfarne Productions team was asked to produce a series of videos highlighting patient stories from the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
Told from the patients’ perspective, these stories were created to provide insight into the patient experience for the medical professionals and staff at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Each story also aims to help other patients learn more about navigating the medical system.
Randall Kemp learned that his son George would need a heart transplant when he was only 5 months old. So began many sleepless nights and long days spent at George’s hospital bedside waiting for life-saving surgery. Randall’s patient story highlights the Stollery experience through the eyes of a father; often balancing the need provide both emotional and financial support and dealing with the aftermath of watching your child go through various hospitalizations.
Sarah Mooney became a patient at the Stollery when she was 14; after being diagnosed with chronic kidney stones. She continued to struggle through the years, returning to the Stollery during each occurrence. Recently, having turned 18, Sarah transitioned into adult care. Her patient story highlights the importance of helping patients transition from pediatric to adult care: learning to navigate the healthcare system independently and ensuring a consistent level of care.
Ali Martens’ son Jacob requires several visits to the Stollery every year. In addition to the stress of each hospital visit, they must also deal with the financial, emotional, physical, and mental strain of traveling the 4.5 hours from Grande Prairie to Edmonton for every scheduled appointment, treatment, and emergency visit. Ali & Jacob’s patient story highlights the challenges faced by the many Albertan’s who require the specialized care available at the Stollery, but perhaps aren’t based in the Edmonton area.
We were honoured to have Randall, Sarah, and Ali share their patient stories with us and happy to work with the amazing team at the Stollery to share those stories with healthcare professionals and other patients!