Charlie Pearson first started experiencing chronic abdominal pain in 2013 which left him unable to play his favourite sport, basketball.
Charlie first visited the team in July 2015 and after several psychology and occupational therapy sessions, Charlie attended the two week programme in January 2016. Charlie’s individual needs meant that psychology and occupational therapy sessions were most appropriate for him.
Charlie had his 6 month follow-up review at the end of February 2016 and was pleased to see his goal attainment scores had improved. The programme allowed Charlie to explore what exercise works best for him and he is a new member of his local leisure centre where he swims often. He is looking to enrol in the junior gym where he will be able to use the cardiovascular equipment.
Sarah Pearson, Charlie’s mum, said “I can’t rate the service enough, it has been a real help. The team are so dedicated and made the time to get to know Charlie. Often in the NHS, you can feel you are just another patient but this is very personal. The programme gave Charlie management techniques for his pain and anxieties and he has learnt how to manage the pain on his own. We felt very lost and didn’t know where to go for help before Charlie was referred, but this whole experience has been a real life saver.”