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Learning Disability Services

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Our Learning Disability Liaison Nurses, Karen Pearce and Jo Blades can offer support to you and your family.

If you need hospital care and have a learning disability, the Learning Disability Liaison Nurses can support you and your family. Hospital care might mean staying overnight in hospital or just going for an appointment. Karen or Jo 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 Karen or Jo and they will find out how to make you feel comfortable in hospital. They 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 Karen or Jo will make sure staff are using your plan. They will try and answer any questions you have and if they can't answer them straight away they will find out for you. Karen or Jo will also help your family and carers and answer their questions too.

The learning disability liaison nurses 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

Hospital passports are a good way of sharing information with the hospital staff about your support needs, likes and dislikes and how you communicate.

Karen or Jo are happy to help you to make a passport which they can share with the staff in the hospital before you need to come for your appointment.

They can also create an alert which tells hospital staff that you have a learning disability and a passport.


Learning Disability Assistant

Dennis is our Learning Disability Assistant. He works on the wards in Scarborough on a Tuesday and in York on a Wednesday.


Contact us

How to contact the learning disability liaison team:

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.


Service availability

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

  • Karen works Monday – Friday and is based in York Hospital
  • Jo works Monday – Wednesday and is based in Scarborough Hospital

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

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Coronavirus - useful information

The latest health information about Coronavirus can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.  Information about our local services can be found on this website here.

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here.

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