Staff go out and about for Learning Disability Week

Staff from a Balby-based health trust are going mobile to bring advice and support to people with a learning disability and their carers during Learning Disability Week (15 to 21 June).

The Doncaster Learning Disabilities Health Action Team, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), will take the Health Bus to Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet, White Rose Way on Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 June, between 10am and 3pm.

Acute Liaison Nurse Glynis Smith said: “Research shows people with a learning disability experience poorer general health and are three times more likely to die early than the rest of the general population.

“RDaSH is working in partnership with other health and social care organisations to develop pathways and guidelines to improve information and services to meet their specific needs.

“This year we’re focusing on cancer screening and improving the uptake for people with learning disabilities, as this is traditionally low.

“We’ve produced a series of booklets, which use clear images and appropriate language to describe a learning disabled person’s journey through a variety of situations, which we’ll be taking along with us on the bus.

“We’ll have a whole host of information and advice with us, so we hope Doncaster people with a learning disability and their carers will visit us at Lakeside.”

For more information on the Doncaster Learning Disabilities Health Action Team, please ring (01302) 796145, or visit www.rdash.nhs.uk