In response to the coronavirus outbreak people with learning disabilities, carers and families are reminded to make sure their hospital passports are up to date.
A Hospital Passport provides health workers with vital details about a person with a learning disability and how best to meet their care needs if they are admitted to hospital, especially if they attend alone.
Click here to update your Hospital Passport (Doc, 600 KB).
The more useful information health professionals have to support vulnerable people while in hospital the bigger difference it will make to a person’s experience while in hospital.
It is a quick way for a health worker to find out about the person with learning disabilities including their likes and dislikes, any anxieties they may have and how they prefer those anxieties to be responded to, and the best ways to communicate with the person. It also has essential information regarding any current medication and allergies they may have.
Anyone without their Hospital Passport can either download and print out the leaflet via the above link, visit the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust’s website or call the team on 01872 254610 or email rch-tr.LearningDisabilities@nhs.net
For further information or questions call Jane Rees, RCHT’s acute learning disability liaison team, on 01872 254610 / 07584 770351.