Learning Disability Week 18-22 June

15.06.12

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In Learning Disability Week, our Trust is organising events that will really make a difference to the lives of patients with learning disabilities.

We are proud to be launching our Transition policy during the week. This new policy aims to ensure high quality transitions of care for young people with learning disabilities from paediatric inpatient services to adult services.

Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Carol Forbes said:

“Because of the significant differences in the ways children's services and adult services are provided, we need to plan for and support young people and their families or carers during transition.

“As part of our Transition work, we have designed an information sheet for parents and carers and one for young people available in an "easy read" format. We’re aiming to make what can be a difficult time smoother and easier to understand for our patients.”

Transition information will be available at display stands in the out-patients atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH), West Block Outpatients at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH), the Children's Unit at GRH and at Battledown Ward at CGH over the entire week.

We are also holding new Hospital Experience sessions. These will provide an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to meet with nurses and other hospital staff and to try out hospital equipment in a fun, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To help overcome their fears and anxieties about coming into hospital, the sessions will include seeing and ‘having a go’ with different hospital equipment including hospital beds, tympanic thermometers and SATS machines and much more.