UNITED Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees Louth Hospital, is consulting with patients, carers and the public on a new ‘health passport’ for vulnerable patients as part of its programme to continually improve the hospital experience.
The health passport is a document that patients, their relatives or carers fill in to provide details about any specific requirements patients may have when in the trust’s care.
The trust recently launched a health passport for patients with learning disabilities but this new document is for vulnerable patients such as those with head injuries, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or stroke.
The aim is to ensure communication and understanding between patients and hospital staff is the best it can be.
The new health passport will include information such as a patient’s allergies, mobility needs, specific care needs, medication and whether they need an interpreter.
It will be especially useful for patients who have difficulty with communicating or those who are confused or disorientated where the patient may not be able to tell staff about their likes and dislikes.
Sharon Kidd, Assistant Patient and Public Involvement Manager at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This has been an exciting and rewarding piece of work for everyone involved in the development of the new health passport for consultation.
“We hope to receive valuable comments from patients, their relatives and carers over the next few weeks which will help develop our final version. The health passport will include personal information available to different healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s care.”
The Trust is looking for feedback on the document before December 31.
Copies are available at www.ulh.nhs.uk/getting_involved/patient_and_public_involvement.asp
Copies can also be requested on 01476 464560.