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Learning Disability Services

Our Learning Disability Liaison Nurse, Ben Haywood can offer support to you and your family.

If you need hospital care and have a learning disability, the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse can support you and your family. Hospital care might mean staying overnight in hospital or just going for an appointment. Ben will help you and the hospital staff get to know each other and will make sure the staff know how to make you feel most at ease.

If you have to come to hospital please contact him and he will find out how to make you feel comfortable in hospital. He can make plans and get information for the hospital staff. This will help you to get the care you need in the way that you need it.

If you are staying in hospital for a while Ben will make sure staff are using your plan. He will try and answer any questions you have and if he can't answer them straight away he will find out for you. Ben will also help your family and carers and answer their questions too.

The learning disability nurse also:

  • gives advice and training to hospital staff so that they give better care to you in the future
  • will attend other health group meetings to get your views when they can

Learning Disability Assistant

Scarborough Hospital also has a Learning Disability Assistant, Dennis, who works on the wards on a Tuesday.

Contact us

How to contact the learning disability service:

You can ask your carer or family to do this. Your community nurse or a person that supports you can also do it if you are unable to.

Telephone: 07795 126473

You can also email:

Service availability

The service is available from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Call our Learning Disability Nurse on 01653 604593


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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.


These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.