Hospital Liaison Nurses help adults with learning disabilities that need to use hospital services. If you or someone you know is due to go to the hospital soon, let the nurses know as they may be able to help.
Advice and support is currently available at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
Get access to this service
You can contact the Hospital Liaison Nurses directly (contact details on right hand side of this page).
How Hospital Liaison Nurses can help
It is important that you have a positive experience when coming into hospital. Hospital Liaison Nurses are qualified Learning Disability Nurses who work closely with other staff to help make sure this happens. Other staff that they will work with while you are in hospital may include:
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Pre-Assessment Teams
- Discharge Teams
- Ward Sisters and other Nurses
- Health Care Assistants
They will ensure that your needs are identified quickly, so that the right arrangements can be made to support you in using hospital services.
Sometimes, they will also carry out training with staff in the hospitals to help give them the skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.
What you can do
Sometimes when we feel unwell, we can't tell others how we would like to be looked after. To make sure that Doctors and Nurses in the hospital understand your needs, you may choose to complete a 'Hospital Passport' (also known as an 'All About Me' book) before you go to hospital.
When you are in hospital, you need to show your Hospital Passport to the Doctors and Nurses looking after you. This will help them to give you the best possible care.
You can also take your Hospital Passport with you when you are visiting your GP (Doctor), Dentist, Podiatrist, Optician, or any other Health Care Professional.