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Patients with learning disabilities and autism

Our learning disability liaison team helps adult patients with learning disabilities and autism, and their 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 and carers 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
  • involving carers and families in the care planning process
  • training and supporting our hospital staff to help understand the individual’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 hospital 

Why staff may wear PPE in hospital

Contact us

8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Karen Howsam 

 01296 316991 / 07876 231051 

karenhowsam@nhs.net