Staff at Leighton Hospital Receives Training to Help Patients with Learning Disabilities

Staff at Leighton Hospital Receives Training to Help Patients with Learning DisabilitiesMid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has set up a learning disabilities development group two years ago for patients with learning difficulties.

Special care is required by hospital patients with learning disabilities. And that is why the trust set up the group to ensure that patients with learning disabilities are treated with dignity and respect.

MCHFT runs Leighton Hospital and the Victoria Infirmary at Northwich. Leighton Hospital's staff received special training to understand the anxiety of some patients so as to help them with ease.

The Chronicle assesses their work and how children are benefitted from the improvements. According to the hospital bosses, the group has done a great job so far to improve the experience of patients with learning disabilities.

The group receives support from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It is responsible for maintaining proper communication between patients and carers. Besides, it looks after staff training to create awareness of specific needs and care programs associated with admission, inpatient stay and discharge.

Matron Philippa Pordes leads its work by privacy and dignity. Mrs. Pordes said, "All of the initiatives identified were developed in conjunction with patients, carers, families and community health teams, to ensure the service was optimised for the care of patients with learning disabilities".

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