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’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’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 


 Ipswich Hospital                                                                                                

For more information please see your hospital communications book 


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.


Useful websites

Mencap website

Learning Disabilities website

PMLD Network website

Autism website

Easy Health website

Widgit Health website

Improving Health and Lives website

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