Mencap launch 'Don't Miss Out' Guides
Over three quarters of people with a learning disability are missing out on vital support at GP surgeries.
Learning disability charity Mencap, in partnership with NHS England, has launched online guides and animations called Donâ€™t Miss Out to raise awareness of the importance for people with a learning disability to be placed on their GPâ€™s learning disability register.
Just 23% of people with a learning disability are registered as having a learning disability with their GP and just 44% receive an Annual Health Check. This is despite well documented evidence of the health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability, with 1,200 avoidable deaths every year.
If people with a learning disability tell their GPâ€™s they have a learning disability they are entitled to extra help. This can include:
- Extra time for appointments
- Easy Read information that is accessible
- Annual Health Checks that help to maintain health, detect conditions and illnesses and help GPs to understand how to provide better care to patients with a learning disability.
For more information visit www.mencap.org.uk/dontmissout
Date Posted: Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ 09:12