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Extra support for patients with learning disabilities

A new service has been launched at Scarborough Hospital to help adults with learning disabilities receive support when they need hospital care.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides the service to cover Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby and Ryedale. It is open to anyone with learning disabilities whether they are staying overnight in hospital or just going for an appointment.

Learning disability specialist nurse Ben Haywood is now on hand to help those patients, and their families, get the specialist support they need in the way that they need it.

Ben explained: "Patients with learning disabilities have particular needs and concerns so I am here to answer their questions and give advice and information in a way that is appropriate to them. I can help them make plans and get information for the hospital staff, and if their visit is planned I can arrange to see the patient beforehand to explain everything.

"Sometimes patients have problems communicating and this can be made much easier by helping the patient and hospital staff get to know each other in advance. It means that staff understand the patient better and know how to make them feel most at ease, making their stay more comfortable.

"Anyone can contact me direct whether it is the patient themselves, families or carers. A patient’s community nurse or a person that supports them in the community can also contact me on their behalf if they are unable to do so. We just want to make sure people know this type of help is available for people with learning disabilities in our area."

To find out more call Ben Haywood on 01723 236217 or email Ben at Ben.Haywood@york.nhs.uk .

18 June 2013

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To find out more call Ben Haywood on 01723 236217

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