Patients with learning disabilities

We aim to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to get the right support at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Learning Disability Liaison Service

We aim to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to get the right support at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

What we do:

Learning Disability Liaison nurses provide advice and support for all people with learning disabilities, family carers, paid staff and acute hospital staff.

This may include:

  • Helping people with learning disabilities access information in an easy read format
  • Providing support and guidance to hospital staff in order to meet the needs of people with Learning Disabilities
  • Co-ordinating the care of someone with a learning disability prepare for their hospital visit and/or stay
  • Provide training to all hospital staff regarding the needs of people with learning disabilities
  • Encourage hospital staff to make reasonable adjustments to care where required.
  • Provide advice around Mental Capacity Act including capacity assessments, best interest decisions and Independent Mental Capacity Advocates.
  • Supporting the discharge process
  • Signposting to other services as required.

We help people with a learning disability:

  • To understand about their health
  • To understand about their treatment
  • Prepare for hospital visits and hospital stays
  • To make sure things go well in hospital

You may need the hospital to adjust things to help you when you come to visit. .For example :-

  • Easy read appointment letters
  • Mobility Support
  • Extra Time at appointments
  • Calm quiet waiting rooms

You can register that you have a learning disability and the help you will need by completing the form below and returning to the hospital you attend the most.

Learning Disability Flag 

We recommend that you complete a Hospital Passport ‘This is Me’ to help staff within the hospital understand your needs. This document belongs to you and can be used in all Surrey hospitals as a inpatient and outpatient.

'This is Me' My care passport

Contact us

Acute Learning Disability Liaison Nurse – Learning Disabilities

Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

07717 850 308 / 01483 571 122 Ext 2545

Royal Surrey Learning Disability Policy

Royal Surrey Charity