We recently attended the Stadium of Light to deliver an awareness session in relation to the health needs of people with learning disability and autism to hundreds of doctors and nurses in Sunderland who were at their monthly time in time out session.
The session went well and we would like to offer a huge thank you to both Beverley Brown and Matthew Rutherford who spoke form the heart and were very professional.
There has now been an easy read information leaflet developed for primary care to give to a patient with learning disabilities where they feel an urgent 2 week referral is required for urgent tests. This can be very confusing for people and this leaflet will help the person to understand what to expect.
Following on from our launch and training session at the TIME IN TIME OUT at the Stadium of Light we have provided all GP practices with a useful guide to the best care for people with a learning disability.
Do you have a learning disability or support someone who does?
If the answer is yes, make sure you tell your GP that you have a learning disability. They will add you to the learning disability register, and make changes to the care you get by making things a bit easier. You could also get a complete health check every year. Watch our new video for more information.
If you are a person who has a learning disability or their carer then health watch Sunderland are very keen to hear from you about what you thought of any contact you have had with health services , if they were good or not so good.
Healthwatch Sunderland are here to make sure your views on health and social care in Sunderland are heard.
Please click on the links below to download an easy read leaflet about their service and to listen to an audio message
Please see the attached information on what we are trying to do to help people with learning disabilities and or autism to make sure they have review meetings to decide if they could be taken off some medication, or perhaps have it reduced.
This will not always be possible for everyone but it is important that a meeting is held with your GP to talk about it.
If you would like any further information you can talk to Dave Gerrard who is the pharmacist working with the community learning disability team in Sunderland.