If a hospital stay is needed

People go to hospital if they are very ill and need help to get better. If a hospital stay is needed, there are some things to help. Talk to someone who cares for you about hospital.

Here are some things you can give people to help…

For the people who care for you

We have made this Family Factsheet about coronavirus and hospitals. It talks about…

  • Your rights and how they must always be respected.
  • What they can do if their loved one goes into hospital.

Click the button below to download the Family Factsheet about coronavirus and hospitals.

For hospital staff

There are some documents you can share with hospital staff to help make sure you get the care that is right for you.

Give copies to everyone who might need them to help you if you go into hospital.

The NHS Clinical Guide

This guide was written by the NHS and is for healthcare staff. It was written to help staff understand how to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism during coronavirus.

It talks about…

  • How to support someone who has learning disabilities and/or autism.
  • What Healthcare Passports are and how to use them.
  • What reasonable adjustments are.
  • Different communication needs.

Click the button below to download the NHS Clinical Guide.

Hospital passports

Hospital Passports are important because they show what help and care is best for you.

There are two Hospital Passport templates to choose from and you can choose the one you think it best for you…

The standard hospital passport

This gives basic information, such as…

  • Who you are.
  • How you communicate.
  • The best ways to care for you and help you.

Click the button below to download the standard Hospital Passport template.

The Detailed hospital passport

This gives more detailed information, such as…

  • Who you are and who to contact.
  • Your current health needs.
  • Anything that might affect the help you receive.
  • How you communicate.
  • The best ways to care for you and help you.

Click the button below to download the detailed Hospital Passport template.

Hospital passport tips

You should complete your Hospital Passport with someone who cares for you. We have written some tips to help you.

Click the button below to download the Hospital Passport tips.

Free communication chart

Widget.com has made a communication chart for coronavirus.

This is a symbol board you can use to communicate with hospital staff.

Hospital staff can also use it to communicate with you.

Click here to find out how to use the board and to download it.

Click the button below to go to find out more

We hope our resources help you

Remember, it is important you talk to someone you trust if you start to feel unwell or unhappy. If you need to know more about Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms please click here.