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Better primary care for special needs patients

Primary care patients with learning disabilities in Doncaster are benefiting from the introduction of GP information resource packs. The packs, developed by the community learning disabilities health action team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), aim to improve patient communication and understanding of health matters

Primary care patients with learning disabilities in Doncaster are benefiting from the introduction of GP information resource packs. The packs, developed by the community learning disabilities health action team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), aim to improve patient communication and understanding of health matters.

The trust hopes the introduction of the packs across the area’s 43 GP practices will be as successful as similar hospital-focused resources. The acute care packs were created for patients with learning disabilities attending hospital for outpatient appointments or planned or emergency stays by Glynis Smith, RDaSH acute liaison nurse.

Contents include: photo journey booklets that use clear images and Easy Read language to describe a person’s journey through a variety of hospital situations; a patient communication book that includes pictures of hospital equipment and how screenings and procedures happen; and a three-page pain profile that uses visual aids

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