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Learning Disability Week - case studies

19 June 2018


In Learning Disability Week, from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June, there are a number of different activities at our hospital, culminating in a special day on Saturday 23 June which is open to all.

You can read more about the activities by clicking here.

We're also looking at case studies.

Vicky Humphrey and Donna Smith are Health Care Assistants working on our Emergency Assessment and Discharge Unit (EADU). Both work closely with patients with learning disabilities.

Vicky said; “When patients come in we have to build their story – getting to know their likes and dislikes and learning more about them. This is particulary true for people with learning disabilities. Sometimes they will come in with carers who will help with identifying issues, but often it is a case of using common sense, for example being aware if someone doesn’t like loud noises and trying to keep their enviroment as quiet and calm as possible. Often it just means going with their flow, rather than imposing things – something we can all relate to. It’s also about dealing with needs at an appropriate level – explaining and giving information in an understandable way.

“Recently we had one patient who was obssessed with everything relating to the police. One day Donna spotted a police car outside the front of the hospital so we decided we would take our patient out to see it. When he spotted the police car his face was a picture and another colleague managed to find the officer driving it and he proceeded to show the patient the car and the lights and even allowed him to try his hat on. The patient was beaming from ear to ear.

“Later his family thanked us, and when it was time for him to be discharged from EADU he didn’t want to leave. It’s nice to know you have made a difference to someone and that their stay in hospital is not just associated with the medical procedures they have needed.”