Learning disabilities film premieres at the House of Lords
27 March 2014
Southend University Hospital launched their information film for patients with learning disabilities, at the House of Lords last week.
The afternoon tea event at the prestigious venue included a
private showing of the film and was attended by Lord Rix.
The film titled 'Coming to outpatients' will help those with
learning disabilities familiarise themselves with the hospital
before they come in to have treatment, helping them understand what
the experience will be like and in turn reassuring those who may be
The need for this first film in a planned series was identified
by people with learning disabilities on the hospital's learning
disabilities committee. One barrier to equal care identified by
them was poor communication leading to a lack of understanding
'Coming to outpatients' was produced by the hospital and also
starred members of the learning disabilities committee.
Lord Rix's charitable foundation, the Rix Rothenberg Thomson
(RTR) foundation, donated the funds to the hospital's learning
disabilities committee to make the production after becoming
impressed with the hospital's continuing approach to meeting the
needs of people with learning disabilities.
Other guests that attended the premiere included local MPs David
Amess and James Duddridge plus Lord Dafyyd Wigley and The Viscount
The film is currently available to view on the hospital's
The committee also hope to spread the word about the film and
make it accessible to all local support groups and charities.
Fred Heddell, hospital non-executive director and member of the
learning disabilities committee, said: "The day was a great success
for all involved. At Southend University Hospital, we take the care
of patients with learning disabilities seriously. We have a real
desire to make sure they receive the same high quality treatment as
every other patient."
The RTR foundation was set up by comic actor Lord Rix in honour
of his daughter who had a learning disability and he has since
become an influential campaigner for people with learning
The LD committee is made up of the hospital's learning
disabilities nurse Sarah Haines, community SEPT nurses,
Southend/Castle Point/Rochford health access champions and their
support workers plus SHIELDS members from Southend Borough
With pic - The hospital's learning disabilities committee
members with Lord Rix