Nurse backs cards for people with learning disabilities

Vulnerable in patient (VIP) cards have been launched by a health trust to enable people with learning disabilities to carry their important medical information with them.

People with learning disabilities will be able to record their personal details on the card, such as problems taking medication, allergies, how they show pain and their reaction to needles.

If they have to go to hospital, particularly in an emergency, or a medical appointment, their VIP card will give doctors, nurses, dentists and other health workers the information needed to give them the right support.

The cards are being introduced into North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus. This was formerly a PCT but is now also responsible for adult social care previously looked after by North East Lincolnshire Council.

Anne Walker, lead nurse in the community learning disability team at the care trust plus, said: ‘It is hoped that VIP cards will be of benefit to people with a learning disability and the health services looking after them. If someone carries a VIP card, it identifies that they are vulnerable and that they need extra time, help and support. It also gives health staff vital information to enable them to understand the person and give them the right help and support they need.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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