Help for people with learning difficulties in North Lincolnshire
A series of booklets, which aim to help people with learning disabilities to access healthcare services and screening have been created by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).
The booklets use clear images and appropriate language to describe a learning disabled person's journey through a variety of situations including visits to the opticians and dentist, stopping smoking, as well as breast and cervical screening for women.
RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith said: "We believe that learning disabled people deserve equal access to healthcare services, but research shows that they experience poorer general health and are three times more likely to die early than the rest of the general population."
RDaSH is working in partnership with other health and social care organisations to develop pathways and guidelines to improve information and services to meet their special needs.
Mrs Smith added: "We are fortunate that our service users are as passionate about making improvements and raising awareness as we are. Their feedback plays a major part in shaping services and we are grateful to them for their help in producing the booklets."
The booklets are free to download from the Trust's website at www.rdash.nhs.uk