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Patients with learning disabilities and autism

Our learning disability liaison team helps adult patients with learning disabilities and autism, and theirĀ carers, to access high quality care and have a positive experience in hospital.

We want individuals to feel fully supported and in control over choices relating to their care.

How we help

Our dedicated learning disability nurses provide support with emergency admissions, outpatient appointments and inpatient stays. We also help when you leave hospital, and support families andĀ carersĀ throughout the patient journey.

We do this by:

  • making patient letters and leaflets easy to read and understand
  • improving the use of patient health passports – a document which helps patients communicate their likes and dislikes
  • involvingĀ carersĀ and families in the care planning process
  • training and supporting our hospital staff to help understand the individualā€™s needs.

 

Coming to hospital during COVID-19

We have put together a set of resources for patients who may need to understand why our staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 risk period.

These include:

What might happen if you need to come into hospitalĀ 

Why staff may wear PPE in hospital

Contact us

8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

KarenĀ HowsamĀ 

Ā 01296 316991 / 07876 231051Ā 

karenhowsam@nhs.net