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Learning Disability Liaison Nurses

We have learning disability liaison nurses at our hospital who can:

  • give advice, support and training to staff about caring for people with a learning disability
  • help with planning admissions including day surgery and discharge meetings
  • link with specialist learning disability services, families, carers, GPs and other organisations.

Questions to ask when you go into hospital

Going into hospital

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is in the process of developing a video ‘Going into hospital'. The video gives information to patients with a learning disability about what to expect when you get to hospital, the hospital staff and what you should bring with you to hospital.

What questions should I ask?

When you are going to the doctor or into hospital, it is often useful to have a list of questions that you would like to ask.

Link - Read this easy-read guide to the right questions to ask

Preparing to go into hospital

NHS Choices have made a short film to help people who are preparing to go into hospital. A nurse from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust describes what to pack if you're going into hospital, and what facilities inpatients and their visitors can expect. Watch the film Link

Easy read:

Video: Attending the Day Surgery Unit.

Video: Sepsis Awareness

Video: Annual Health Checks

If a person has a learning disability and are aged 14 or over, they are entitled to a free annual health check by their doctor.  An annual health check will help them stay well by talking about their health and finding any problems early, so they get the right care.

If you have a learning disability and are concerned about anything regarding your hospital stay please contact:

The service operates Monday-Friday, 8.00am - 4.00pm.

To refer to the LD Liaison team please contact:


St Marys 01983 822099 ext. 5478 or call 07795 121674.



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What questions to ask

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