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Support for People with a Learning Disability at the Royal Berkshire Hospital



In January 2017 there will be a new resource available for people with learning disabilities at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. It is called ‘While U Wait’ and is a library of different activities resources which people can use when in/at the hospital. The resource includes:

  • drawing materials
  • games e.g. Kerplunk, Connect 4
  • sensory pieces to investigate and enjoy
  • relaxation massage equipment
  • DVD players

The equipment can be lent to him/her for as long as they are in hospital but please do return what you have borrowed when they are discharged home. If someone you support is interested in using any of the equipment please contact Jane Wooldridge.

Early in 2017 the Royal Berkshire hospital will have its own Changing Places toilet – this is on level 1 at the main hospital entrance. The key will be held at the main reception.

If the person with learning disabilities finds waiting difficult especially in out-patient’s clinics there are bleeps available from the PALS office which the person can borrow. If their support worker or family carers inform the clinic of the bleep number they can be elsewhere in the hospital or the grounds and the clinic staff will bleep them when ready.

There is information for family carers about their rights and support available for them in the booklet ‘I am a carer’ – please could you let families know this if they are supporting a family relative in hospital.

Finally please make sure that if possible when people with learning disabilities came to the hospital they bring their Hospital Passport if they have one and if they don’t do remind the carers to ask for one to complete. If they have an up to date Communication passport or DisDAT those would also be useful.

Contact Jane Wooldridge on 0118 322 8159 if you have any questions.

Flu Vaccination

Looking after someone who can’t get by without your help?, aim to be flu-proof this winter with a free NHS flu jab. When you’re caring for a partner, relative or friend who couldn’t get by without your help, keeping yourself well is really important.

That’s why unpaid carers are offered a free NHS flu jab if they’re the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if they were ill. See this leaflet for more information. You can get a flu jab from your GP surgery or by visiting a local pharmacy. 

Cold Weather Alert

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 cold weather alert for the South East region, this means there is a 60% chance of severe winter weather between 2100 on Monday 28th November and 1500 on Friday 2nd December.

Level 2: Severe winter weather is forecast – Alert and readiness

Mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow are predicted within 48 hours, with 80% confidence.

  • Have regular contact with vulnerable people and neighbours you know to be at risk in cold weather – ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their home adequately. Homes should be heated to at least 18°C to minimise risk to health.
  • Stay tuned into the weather forecast, and ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help).
    Take the weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if you are unable to do this yourself.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

Information taken from Met Office.

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