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Hospital launches new film to help patients with learning disabilities

31 October 2014

Health Care

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 Trust.

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.''