Scotland’s biggest health board has become the first to issue patient information “passports” for both adults and children with learning disabilities.
The “Hospital Information Booklet for Acute Hospital Admission” carries vital, up-to-date information for hospital staff about patients who can find it difficult to communicate information about their medical history.
Isla McGlade, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Clinical Team Leader for Learning Disabilities; said: “The aim of the booklets is to assist in the development of individualised care plans for people with learning difficulties by improving the patient journey and experience and between primary and secondary care.
“They are available for children from 0-16 years and for adult patients who have difficulty communicating. The idea behind these booklets is to ensure that the information is as up-to-date as possible.”
As well as patients’ GP and carer contact details, the booklets explain how individuals communicate, such as by using sign language, and whether they have a hearing or visual impairment,
It also lists known health conditions, allergies, and medication, and even if the patient needs help with their mobility, washing and dressing.
Isla added that the passports will be distributed via community health and community health and care partnerships and support organisations.
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