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New ‘one stop shop’ for patients with learning disabilities and autism – Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday, 7 September, 2022

New ‘one stop shop’ for patients with learning disabilities and autism – Medway NHS Foundation Trust

A new ‘one stop shop’ service has launched at Medway Maritime Hospital for patients with learning disabilities and autism who require medical procedures under a general anaesthetic.

The project, which aims to improve healthcare outcomes, allows patients to have a combination of important treatments such as blood tests and vaccinations (for patients with severe needle phobia), dental and podiatry work, and endoscopies or colonoscopies, while they are sedated and following a best interest decision. Usually these procedures are completed while a patient is awake, but for people with learning disabilities and autism they can be traumatic and overwhelming without a general anaesthetic.

Read more at: https://www.medway.nhs.uk/news/new-one-stop-shop-for-patients-with-learning-disabilities-and-autism/619935

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