Care for someone with a learning disability? Don’t let them miss out
Posted on: 22 June 2018
If you care for adults and young people, aged 14 or over with a learning disability, they can get extra support when visiting their doctor – all you or they have to do is ask for their name to be added to the GP learning disability register.
You can help them do this by talking to their doctor’s surgery or you can help them complete this template letter (PDF). Complete the letter and then give it to the doctor during their next appointment.
Once on the register they can speak to their doctor about having a free health check every year.
There are lots of reasons why they should have their annual health check, including:
- Not always knowing if they are unwell – the doctor can spot signs that you or the individual might miss
- Getting better treatment – for example new medication
- It offers an opportunity for them to talk to the doctor about anything worrying them
- The doctor can provide advice on lifestyle choices, such as diet
- They can have more control of their own health and body
Make sure the doctor gives them a health action plan after the health check – this includes goals for them and the doctor to work towards together.
Another way that you can ensure they are getting the very best healthcare is by supporting them to give their doctor consent for their information to be shared.
With the individual’s permission, or in some cases the carer or family member’s permission, the doctor can add additional information to the individual’s Summary Care Record (SCR).
Everyone has an SCR – speak to the doctor about the individual giving consent for additional information to be stored; this can include details of their learning disability, any physical/sensory disability, communication needs, contact details of a carer or next of kin etc. It allows all health professionals who care for them to know their latest needs and requirements.Health and Wellbeing