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Also, people who have lived experiences of learning disability and/or autism told us that it’s sometimes difficult to access healthcare, because they can have different needs to other service users.
To combat this, we’re planning to support all healthcare teams to understand how to make reasonable adjustments. This will ensure that all patients can access the healthcare they need.
For example, David is nervous of healthcare settings and afraid of needles. David’s carer, Anna, is worried that David won’t attend his Annual Health Check. After a quick call to David’s GP surgery, the practice team has ensured that David will get a longer appointment slot. David’s GP also calls him before the appointment to talk David through what will happen when she sees him.
David is reassured and decides to attend his appointment. David’s GP now also has plenty of time to allay David’s worries, and David can take the appointment at his own pace.