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Hospital launches new film to help patients with learning disabilities

03 December 2015

Health Care

Southend University Hospital has launched a third information film designed to assist patients with learning disabilities.

The film titled 'Consent: Advice and Top Tips' will help those with learning disabilities understand about consent and giving permission for healthcare staff at the hospital to assess and treat them, in turn reassuring those who may be anxious.

This is the latest in a series of films, 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, Castle Point and Rochford health access champions and Shields Parliament.

A special screening of the film took place in the hospital's lecture theatre earlier this week where all those involved got to see the finished product for the first time.

Chief operating officer Jon Findlay, who introduced the event, said: "This is another example of the fantastic work our learning disabilities committee is doing to help us understand what we as a hospital can do differently when caring for patients with learning disabilities."

Pictured: Learning disability specialist nurse Sarah Haines taking part in the filming.