Improving general hospital care of patients who have a learning disability

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This ‘care bundle’ will help healthcare organisations to be consistently alert to, and to respond to, the needs of people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers, when they access general hospital services.

The care bundle sets out key steps, which if taken consistently for all patients who have a learning disability, will ensure:

  • Early recognition of patients with learning disabilities.
  • Effective communication with patients, carers, family members and clinicians.
  • Dignified, person-centred care and treatment.
  • Effective review and discharge planning.

The bundle comprises several steps at various stages of the patient’s stay from steps to be taken within 4 hours of attendance or admission of a patient who has a Learning Disability, to steps which should be taken daily plus a full multi-agency/family/carers discussion within seven days of admission.

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