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Learning Disabilities Information

Learning Disabilities

Annual Health Checks are available at the Lander Medical Practice for patients with a learning disability.  It is important to regularly check your physical health.  We will send invitations to you each year.  This is a very valuable service to your health.  If you would prefer to make your own appointment please telephone 01872 243700 and book an extended appointment with your Doctor.

At your health check…

The Doctor will talk to you about your health.

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You can have your family or carer to help you to answer the questions if you want.

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 The Doctor will ask you about your weight and height.

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 The Doctor will ask you about any tablets you take.

The Doctor will also ask you about...

 Smoking and alcohol

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 Healthy eating and exercise

 

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 Sexual health

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Looking after your teeth and going to the dentist

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Having your eyes tested at the opticians

 

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At the end of the health check the Doctor might ask you to arrange to see your another health professional

 

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People with learning or intellectual disabilities such as Down’s syndrome are known to have significantly poorer health than other people. This is because they find it more difficult to talk about symptoms and are less likely to make appointments to talk about their health problems and also because health professionals don’t always know how to meet their needs.

We aim to remove barriers that prevent disabled people from receiving an equal health service and ensure quality care for individuals with a learning disability in the community and community hospital setting.
 

What is a learning disability?

This is a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), that starts before adulthood and has a lasting effect on development. Learning Disability has replaced outdated terms such as - mentally handicapped.

There are varying degrees of learning disability (mild, moderate, severe, profound) requiring different levels of support. 

A learning disability is a permanent condition.

SAFE PLACES

The Lander Medical Practice is a member of the 'Safe Places' Scheme. 

Safe Places helps people with learning disabilities if they feel scared or at risk while they are out and about in the community and need support right away.

People who might need to use Safe Places carry a Safe Places card with emergency contact details.  If they need help, they can go to public places, like shops, community centres and libraries, that have a Safe Places sticker in their window and ask staff there for help.

http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/safeplaces

Cornwall 'CHAMPS TEAM'

https://www.healthpromcornwall.org/projects/champs-team/

Consent

Patients may have difficulty understanding and retaining information you are giving them, please refer to the GP or discuss with the Learning Disability Team.

Screening

A 30 minute film has been made to help support people with learning disabilities, and their carers to improve access to screening

https://phescreening.blog.gov.uk/2016/08/22/new-film-can-help-ensure-equal-access-to-bowel-scope-screening/

 A new one-off bowel scope screening test is being implemented across England for men and women at the age of 55. The  implementation will be completed  over the next few years and it hopes to  save up to 3,000 lives per year.

This film uses simple language and pictures to explain this new test in areas where bowel scope screening has been implemented. The film is aimed specifically at people with learning disabilities and their carers but can be used by everyone to help ensure equal access to screening

For further information you can contact the Screening Nurses listed below.

Contacts 

Primary Care Liaison Nurses

Karen Clark - Camborne and Redruth; Edward Hain - 07717 586 762

Samuel Edwards - Helston; Falmouth; Newquay - 07500 443 321

Ruth Kimberley - Bodmin; Launceston; Stratton; Saltash - 07767 371 426 

Kiley Cox - Liskeard; St Austell; Fowey - 07717 736 146

Screening Liaison Nurses

Sharon Ashby - West Cornwall - 07789 946 563

Deborah Rees - East Cornwall - 07717 586 043

Updated - April 2017




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