Southend University Hospital receives a learning disabilities grant
06 March 2013
Making services more accessible to those with learning disabilities has been given a boost at Southend University Hospital thanks to a £5,000 grant to produce an information video.
The video will help patients who have learning disabilities
familiarise themselves with the hospital before they come in to
have treatment, making them better able to understand what the
experience will be like and in turn reassuring those who may be
The Rix Thompson Rothenberg (RTR) foundation awarded the grant
because they were impressed with the hospital's continuing approach
to meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities.
Fred Heddell, non-executive director of the hospital and a
trustee of the RTR foundation presented the £5000 cheque to health
access champion Matthew Riches at a recent meeting of the
hospital's learning disabilities committee.
Mr Heddell said: "The hospital has a real desire to make sure
patients with learning disabilities receive the same high quality
treatment as every other patient."
Learning disabilities lead nurse Sarah Haines believes the money
will make a huge difference.
She said: "We are very grateful for this large donation. We look
forward to improving our methods of communicating with people with
learning disabilities and sharing information about our services in
an accessible manner."
The RTR foundation was set up by comic actor Lord Brian Rix in
honour of his daughter who had a learning disability and he has
since become an influential campaigner for people with learning