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Patients & Visitors

Learning Disabilities and / or Autism


The RUH Learning Disability and Autism Team are available Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5pm.

The Learning Disability and Autism team can:

  • Talk to you or your family/carers when you are on a ward, to make sure that you feel safe and supported
  • Support you with appointments, procedures or operations
  • Talk to hospital staff to make sure that they support you in a way that makes you feel safe and supported
  • Make sure that adjustments are made so that you get the health care that you need at hospital
  • Support you with understanding your own health
  • Share your hospital passports and care plans with the hospital
  • Talk to the people that knows you best to make sure that all the important information is shared about you (e.g. your family, carers, community learning disability teams, community autism teams, GPs and social workers)

Please contact the learning disability team for a discussion about how we can support you, or anyone you provide care for:

The postal address is:

Safeguarding Office B10,
Children's Centre,
Royal United Hospital,
Combe Park
Bath BA1 3NG

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Easy Read Leaflets

Learning Disability Autism Team

My Hospital Visit

Coming to outpatients

Having your blood pressure taken

Having an ultrasound scan outpatient

Having a MRI scanoutpatient

Having a cannula

Having an ultrasound scan inpatient

Having an ECG

Having a MRI scan inpatient

Checking your vital signs

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Hospital Passports

We recommend that every person with a learning disability and/or autism complete a hospital passport. This is to help staff provide the best possible care.

Here are our blank templates:


Learning Disability Passport

Autism Passport

You should fill out a passport before you even need to come into hospital so that it is ready for when you need it.

You can email completed hospital passports to us at:

We will put it on your hospital file with an alert for hospital staff to read it. Please also bring in any important guidelines, care plans or protocols that you may have (e.g. epilepsy protocols, eating and drinking guidelines, positive behaviour support plans, etc).

Hospital Facilities

We have Changing Places toilet facilities specially equipped for people with significant learning and physical disabilities.

Further information for carers

If you are a carer, please check out the RUH Carers page.

Further information about accessibility

If you need interpreting and translation support, including BSL, please check out the Patient Experience page.


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COVID-19 Hospital Passport

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Easy Read Leaflets:

ReSPECT - Easy Read Leaflets

Please see the leaflets in easy read format regarding completion of RESPECT forms:

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Helpful information


What patients should bring to hospital

  • Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Comfortable shoes, daywear and underwear
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant and any other toiletries such as shaving equipment
  • Any sensory comforts : e.g. weighted blanket, stress balls
  • Bath towel and a flannel/sponge
  • Sanitary products such as tampons (if required)
  • Activities : e.g. books to read, tablet, phone, toys
  • Any aid that you would normally use : for example, spectacles/contact lenses, walking frame, stick, crutches, wheelchair, prosthesis, CPAP machine
  • Mobile phone and charger, headphones
  • Small amount of money
  • Items of religious or spiritual importance
  • Hospital passport (autism/ learning disability)

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