Hospital launches new film to help patients with learning disabilities
31 October 2014
Southend University Hospital has launched its second information film for patients with learning disabilities.
The film, titled 'Coming to A&E', will help those with
learning disabilities familiarise themselves with the accident and
emergency department should they ever need to use it, helping them
understand what the experience will be like and in turn reassuring
those who may be anxious.
This film is the latest in a planned series, the need for which
was identified by people with learning disabilities who form part
of the hospital's learning disabilities committee. It was produced
by the hospital and features members of the learning disability
committee, Shields Parliament, Castle Point and Rochford health
access champions and East of England Ambulance Service NHS
A special screening of the film took place in the hospital's
Education Centre earlier this week where those involved got to see
the finished product for the first time.
Acting chief executive, Sue Hardy, who introduced the event,
said: "We want to ensure that every patient visiting the hospital
has a positive experience.
"Our learning disabilities group have been instrumental in
helping us to understand what we can do differently and how we can
be flexible when caring for patients with learning disabilities.
It's about adapting our care to ensure we meet every patient's
needs and our series of films will help us to achieve this.''