Patients with Special Needs
If you have additional needs, which may be related to a disability or difficulty, that you, or a carer or relative/friend would like to discuss with us, you are welcome to contact the ward or department you are coming to and staff will be pleased to help. Please do this only a day or two before your visit so that a note can be added to your medical records.
Patients with a Learning Disability or Autism
Being admitted or attending a hospital appointment can be
frightening, confusing and stressful. For people with a learning disability or
autism these feelings can be magnified.
If you would like to talk to someone about your admission
or appointment before you come in please contact:
Jo Findlay, Learning Disability and Mental Capacity Act
Advisor, 01305 253274
Sarah Cake, Adult Safeguarding Lead, 01305 253274
Patient Advice and Liaison Service, 0800 7838058
can put you in contact with the ward sister or hospital champion to help smooth
have a ‘This is Me, Hospital Passport’ please bring it in and to show staff.
have a ‘Yellow Health Book’ please bring it in too.
Here are some easy read leaflets which may be helpful:
The Community Team for Learning Disabilities can also help before, during and after your stay or visit to hospital.
You may also find these websites useful:
People First Dorset website
Dorset Learning Disability Partnership Board website
Mencap's Easy Health website
Dorset HealthCare services
We recognise and value the role of patient carers and will respect our patients’ wishes with regard to their carers’ involvement in consultations and treatment.
All our buildings are accessible to wheelchair users. If you need directions please ask a member of staff.
Guide Dogs for people with visual impairment and Hearing Dogs for the deaf are welcome in all areas.
Parking for Blue Badge Holders
Allocated parking spaces are located close to all hospital entrances. Blue Badge holders do not have to pay for parking.
Go to our Getting Here page for a map of Dorset County Hospital which shows the sloped disabled access route and where the disabled parking spaces are.