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Event at Southend Hospital celebrates Learning Disability Week

16 June 2017

Health Care

Healthcare staff are working together to raise awareness of learning disabilities at a special information event at Southend University Hospital during this year’s national Learning Disability Week (19-25 June).

This year's event will focus on employment and highlight the benefits of employing people with a learning disability, as well as providing more general information around services available to support people with learning disabilities.

The event will take place on Tuesday 20 June in the exhibition area of Southend University Hospital's Education Centre between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

The hospital's Learning Disabilities Team, Speech and Language Therapy Team and Health Facilitation Nurses will each host an information stand, along with colleagues from Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and the community-based support services BATIAS, Shields Parliament and Project 49.

Sarah Haines, Learning Disability Specialist Nurse at Southend University Hospital, said:  "Coming to hospital can be an anxious time for many people but especially for those patients with learning disabilities. We offer a range of support to ensure the experience of coming to hospital is not so daunting.

"All are welcome to come along to our information event and meet the teams; particularly anyone with a learning disability who is due to come into hospital or families, carers and staff who want more information about the services provided by us and locally in the community."

For more information about services available for people with learning disabilities at Southend University Hospital please visit http://bit.ly/southendld