NHS England and Improvement have developed two new resources for people with a learning disability, autism or both on ‘Getting NHS help when you need it during the coronavirus outbreak’ – one in easy read for people with a learning disability and the other in plain English.
The resources have been developed by NHS England’s Learning Disability Programme, to make sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both, know the NHS is still here to look after them if they have a medical condition or injury which needs treatment.
If you think you or someone you look after needs medical help from a GP for something other than coronavirus don’t wait to contact them. Read this easy read guide that brings together information about how to access usual NHS services during coronavirus.
Mencap have produced an easy read guide to what to expect when you visit a hospital during Coronavirus. If you or someone you look after has any hospital appointments already booked, you should still go to them unless you’re told not to. Before going NHSE England and Improvement are encouraging patients to complete The Grab and Go guide in advance. This has been designed in partnership with people with learning disabilities, families and nurses and gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.
The NHS is here to support if you are feeling worried or anxious. You can call our helplines at any time of day or night if you need urgent support. Public Health England have also put together an Easy Read guide to looking after your feelings and your body