Learning disabilities and autism support

Learning disabilities and autism support

 

Learning disability and autism support nurses

We are here to help you if you have learning disabilities or autism and you are coming to our hospitals for an appointment, for tests, for an operation or to stay in hospital for treatment.

Colchester Hospital

Stephanie Baker is the Learning disability and autism support nurse at Colchester Hospital.

Stephanie Baker smiling at the camera

Stephanie’s working hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Stephanie’s contact numbers: 01206 742 160 or 07774 889 067

Email Stephanie: Email Stephanie Baker

Follow Stephanie on Twitter: @EsneftLd

 

Ipswich Hospital

Roger Blake is the learning disability and autism support nurse at Ipswich Hospital.

Roger Blake standing in a hallway smiling at the camera.

Roger’s working hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Roger’s contact number: 01473 702 517 or 07539 323 041

Email Roger: Email Roger Blake

Follow Roger on Twitter: @LDliaisonIHT

 

Support for people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities can have different needs to other people when in hospital.

Research shows that when people with learning disabilities come into hospital they may require specialist support.

The learning disability nurse:

  • works directly with you, your carers, family and hospital staff to make your hospital stay better
  • assists with planning before and after your appointment or your stay in hospital
  • gives training and guidance to staff in the hospital to work with people with learning disabilities
  • supports reasonable adjustments so your stay is easier

 

Your Health Passport

If you are visiting Colchester or Ipswich Hospital as a patient – we would really like you to complete a Health Passport form before you come to visit us. You can download a Health Passport below, depending on which hospital you are visiting, please choose the document from the choices below.

Colchester Hospital health passport (Opens in a new window 224 Kb pdf)

Ipswich Hospital health passport (Opens in a new window 603 Kb pdf)                    

For more information please see your hospital communications book  (Opens in a new window 4 Mb pdf)

 

What happens when I come to hospital?

We have made some videos to show you what happens at different types of appointment in our hospitals.

What happens at a blood test?

What happens at a blood test? The video opens in a new window which takes you to YouTube where accessibility controls may not be supported.

What happens during an MRI scan

What happens during an MRI scan. The video opens in a new window which takes you to YouTube where accessibility controls may not be supported.

What to expect at the dentist

What to expect at the dentist. The video opens in a new window which takes you to YouTube where accessibility controls may not be supported.

What to expect on an ambulance journey

What to expect on an ambulance journey. The video opens in a new window which takes you to YouTube where accessibility controls may not be supported.

What to expect in A&E

What to expect in A&E. The video opens in a new window which takes you to YouTube where accessibility controls may not be supported.

Useful websites

Mencap website (Opens in a new window)

Learning Disabilities website (Opens in a new window)

PMLD Network website (Opens in a new window)

Autism website (Opens in a new window)

Easy Health website (Opens in a new window)

Widgit Health website (Opens in a new window)

Improving Health and Lives website (Opens in a new window)

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