South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants all people who use our services to have equal and safe care.
We also have a legal duty (Equality Act 2010) to make reasonable adjustments to support people with learning disabilities.
The duty to make reasonable adjustments aims to make sure that, as far as is practically reasonable, a disabled or a person with learning disabilities has the same access to everything that involves them from being able to safely access our services, and that if necessary alterations to how we deliver care will be made to ensure that we meet as far as reasonably practical that persons needs just as we would to meet those of a non-disabled person. Examples can include - appointments: does someone need a longer appointment, would it help if they wait somewhere else?
Would it help that person if they visited the ward/area before they come in, and consider if any specialist equipment is needed. If such examples would help contact the ward/department and discuss with a member of staff.
All adults with a learning disability are offered a hospital passport to be kept in their medical notes. It helps hospital staff understand how best to care and support people.
The information is important to both patient and medical staff; using the traffic light system where:
Red = Things you need to know about me
Amber = Things that are really important to me
Green = Things I would like you to know
Included on the front page of the passport is a space for any reasonable adjustments that the patient may need.
Hospital passports can be completed by anyone and we ask a copy is sent to the Trust liaison nurse so a copy can be added into that person’s medical notes and a flag is added on the hospital system to let staff know they a learning disability and to consider if any reasonable adjustments are required.
Hospital passports can be sent Freepost to: -
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
Clinical Audit Dept (4691),
MIDDLESBROUGH TS4 3BW