Support for medical appointments for people with intellectual disabilities


Sam Gibson, left, and Sarah Barnard, Professional Manager, Learning Disabilities, Acute Liaison Protection (Children and Adults) for the Trust Service.
Sam Gibson, left, and Sarah Barnard, Professional Manager, Learning Disabilities, Acute Liaison Protection (Children and Adults) for the Trust Service.

They contain information on issues such as pain and symptoms, blood pressure, tests and samples, as well as advice on weight management and lifestyle, in simple text, images and sections. color coded.

The purpose of the cards is to aid in communication with patients with learning disabilities so that symptoms, treatment, testing and other advice can be understood and conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner.

As well as being used by healthcare professionals during appointments, they can help receptionists and others get initial information and they have also been handed out to community teams to help support patients before they go. show up for their appointments.

Sam Gibson, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse for the Safeguarding and Learning Disabilities Liaison Service at Northumbria Healthcare, said:

“We’re really putting the wheels in motion to help ease the anxieties of some of our most vulnerable visitors – compassionate care at its best. “

The resources are available online at www.ldne.org.uk/health-cards and are currently distributed through the trust in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

They are fully erasable for multiple patient use, while digital versions can be downloaded to iPads or tablets.

Julie Redpath, Project Manager at Learning Disability North East, said: “As an organization, we are extremely passionate about reducing the health inequalities often experienced by people with learning disabilities.

“It has been great to work together with Northumbria Healthcare to produce our line of easy-to-read health cards. “