If you are due to attend our Hospital, as a patient or a visitor, and have any kind of disability, please let us know either in advance or speak to a member of staff when you arrive and we will do out utmost to accommodate your needs. You can also download a Hospital Passport which is designed to give hospital staff important information about you and about what they need to do to care and support you. Please take it with you if you have to go to hospital. Ask all staff that look after you to read it and if you need to stay in hospital ask to hang it on the end of your bed and ensure all staff supporting you read it.
All wards have notices which alert staff that you have a visual impairment. If you would like to have one by your bed please ask. This will help staff, particularly those serving meals and refreshments.
Please tell staff if you have hearing difficulties and they will do all they can to assist you and can arrange for an interpreter if necessary.
If you have support equipment you would like to bring into hospital with you please arrange it with the ward staff. All items should be clearly and securely labelled. Electrical equipment must be checked by our Facilities Department before being used if it is not brand new.
Learning Disability Liaison Practitioner for adults with a Learning Disability
Yeovil District Hospital has an Learning Disability Liaison Practitioner available for advice or support:
- if you, or the person you care for, needs patient information in Easy Read/picture format
- if you would like to visit the unit or hospital to look around and meet staff before you come into hospital
- if you would like to discuss any issues that concern you
What the Learning Disability Liaison Practitioner will do:
- Make sure the person has access to all the information needed when coming into hospital.
- Inform hospital staff of any special arrangements required for the patient’s appointment, treatment, or stay in hospital.
- Support the patient in understanding and communicating their needs.
- Co-ordinate discharge arrangements between the patient, carers, community and hospital staff.
Please contact: Lee Summers, Learning Disability Liaison Practitioner,
Telephone: 07584 115218