Hidden Disabilities

Sunflower Lanyard scheme

North Bristol NHS Trust is now proudly participating in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard scheme.

Sunflower logo

This means that those with a hidden disability can wear a sunflower lanyard or wristband to make their disability visible to those around them while in hospital. Staff should help you with any support or adjustments you may need.

You can find lanyards and wristbands in the main receptions of the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital and of Cossham Hospital.

What are hidden disabilities?

Some disabilities don’t have physical signs so we cannot always tell if someone has one. Hidden disabilities include autism, mental health, acquired/traumatic brain injury, sensory processing, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, partial sight and hearing loss.

For instance, those with autism may need some extra time and space to process what is around them. People with partial sight may need help reading signs and other information.

You can learn more on the Hidden Disabilities website.

What if I have additional needs?

The Learning Disabilities team are taking extra care of patients with additional need. Carers can also complete a COVID Passport for the patient.

The Sunflower scheme at NBT was kindly provided for by donations to Southmead Hospital Charity.