Second grant for Southend University Hospital to help patients with learning disabilities
16 February 2015
Southend University Hospital has received a £5,000 grant to produce two more information videos to assist patients with learning disabilities, making hospital services even more accessible.
The new as-yet-untitled videos will join the hospital's existing
and widely acclaimed Coming to Outpatients and Coming
to A&E films produced to help patients with 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 anxious.
The Rix Thompson Rothenberg (RTR) foundation awarded the grant
because they are impressed by the hospital's continuing approach to
making sure that services for people with learning
disabilities are the best possible.
Fred Heddell CBE, non-executive director of the hospital and a
trustee of the RTR foundation, presented the £5,000 cheque to the
hospital's specialist nurse for learning disability, Sarah Haines,
and Shields Parliament counsellors, Claire Wannacott and Robert
Norton, at a recent meeting of the hospital's learning disabilities
Mr Heddell said: "Southend University Hospital has a real desire
to continue to ensure patients with learning disabilities receive
high quality treatment the same as every other patient."
Sarah Haines, who has championed the need for the videos from
the outset, added: "We are very grateful to receive a further
donation from the RTR Foundation. I am delighted that our learning
disabilities committee have the opportunity to produce another
two films and provide even more support to people with
The Coming to Outpatients and Coming to
A&E videos are available to watch on our Learning Disabilities
Filming for the new video will take place in the spring.