The Learning Disability & Autism Liaison Nurse Service are employed by Sirona Care & Health.
We support anyone with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or autism over 16 years old at Southmead hospital.
We support people when they are admitted to hospital, or with appointments, procedures and operations.
If you have learning disabilities or autism and are coming into Southmead hospital, get in touch and we can talk about how we can support you.
We are currently running an expanded service due to the coronavirus pandemic. We work 7 days a week.
The learning disability and autism team can:
- Talk to you or your family/carers when you are on a ward, to make sure that you feel safe and supported.
- Support you with appointments, procedures or operations.
- Talk to hospital staff to make sure that they support you in a way that makes you feel safe and supported.
- Make sure that adjustments are made so that you get the health care that you need at hospital.
- Support you with understanding your own health.
- Share your hospital passports and care plans with the hospital.
- Talk to the people that knows you best to make sure that all the important information is shared about you (e.g. your family, carers, community learning disability teams, community autism teams, GPs and social workers) .
We have equipment to help reassure and distract you if needed:
- Bags of calm
- Noise cancelling headphones
- Hospital communication books
- Sensory lights
- Arts and craft materials
- DVD players
How to get help
We will talk to you about how we can help make your appointment or stay in hospital easier and more comfortable.
We recommend that every person with a learning disability and/or autism complete a hospital passport.
Here are our blank templates:
- LD hospital passport.docx
You should fill out a passport before you even need to come into hospital so that it is ready for when you need it.
You can email completed hospital passports to us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please encrypt your email to make it secure if you can. We will put it on your hospital file with an alert for hospital staff to read it.
Please also bring in any important guidelines, care plans or protocols that you may have (e.g. epilepsy protocols, eating and drinking guidelines, positive behaviour support plans etc).
If you have been asked to come into hospital with suspected COVID-19 (a new persistent cough or fever), please complete a COVID-19 passport for people with learning disabilities and bring it in with you to hospital, along with your hospital passport.
- LD COVID19 passport.docx
Visitors to Southmead Hospital
Please see North Bristol Trust current visitor page for the latest guidance about visitors.
North Bristol NHS Trust is now proudly participating in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard scheme. 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.
Read more on North Bristol Trust’s Hidden Disability Page.
Contact details for wards
Please use the North Bristol Trust contact page for direct ward contact numbers.
Contact the Learning Disability & Autism Hospital Liaison Team
8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
8am – 4pm weekends and bank holidays.
Advice and guidance in the community
For adults with Learning Disabilities in the community, please contact the following teams:
Bristol community learning disability team: 0117 9085000
South Gloucestershire community learning disability team: 0300 124 5888
North Somerset community learning disability team: 01275 546888
Sirona - Adult Learning Disability Health Service
For adults with Autism in the community, please call BASS on 01275 796249
AWP - Autism services for adults
NHS 111: 111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Mencap Coronavirus resources: www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus-covid-19
Keep Safe Easy Read Posters: https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/posters
Advice about the coronavirus easy read: www.easy-read-online.co.uk/media/53192/advice-on-the-coronavirus-v1.pdf
Leeds Teaching Hospital Easy Read leaflets (e.g. swabbing, wearing an oxygen mask): www.leedsth.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/patient-and-visitor-information/patient-information-leaflets/easy-read
Easy Read information about swab tests:
Why we wear PPE in hospital: Easy Read: