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Hospital Liaison Nurses

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:

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physiotherapists

  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Consultants
  • Anaesthetists
  • Neurologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pre-Assessment Teams
  • Outpatients 
  • 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. 

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Find out what to bring when coming to hospital

Get information and support for carers

Anyone can contact the LD Hospital Liaison Nurses directly.  

Southampton General Hospital 

Enhanced Care Support Team: 02381 208860

Learning Disability Number: 02381 205367

Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth

Hospital Liaison Nurses:
Tel: 02392 286000; Ext: 5825

Resources

Hospital Passport Hampshire

Hospital Passport Southampton

Hospital Communication book (Produced by Surrey Learning Disability Partnership Board)

Easy Read Health Leaflets

Resources for Cancer Screening

Bowel Scope Film has been developed to talk through the Bowel Screening Process

Other Contacts

Community Learning Disability Services

Learning Disabilities Strategic Health Facilitators

Patient Experience Team