The Hospital Passport
Going into hospital is a worrying time for any of us. It can be even harder for someone who has a learning disability, those with dementia or anyone can’t express their needs.
The Hospital Passport is an NHS initiative to help those who can’t express their needs without support. It is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn’t only about illness and health. It may be referred to by other names such as a “personal record” or “All about Me”, and may look different from hospital to hospital, but it is the information in it that is key to supporting the individual.
It’s about giving individuals who find it difficult to let others know how they like to be supported, what their likes and dislikes are, what help they need/don’t need, and generally have their voice heard, making their time in hospital more comfortable for the individual and their family.
What information is included in your Hospital Passport?
You will often find that you repeat the information a Hospital Passport contains over and over when talking to a member of your care circle or support team. Such information includes:
- Details of who to contact in an Emergency
- Who your Next of Kin is
- Details of any illnesses you have
- Details of medications you take, and any support needed with this
- Your likes and dislikes
- What you liked to be called
- How you communicate and like to be communicated with
- What distresses you and how to avoid being distressed
- How you move around and other personal care needs
- How you let others know when you’re in pain
The passport helps people know how to make you feel comfortable. It doesn’t do away with conversations, but it helps ensure those conversations are more meaningful and focused.
What does it look like?
Take a look at Hospital Passport which has been created using information from a MyLiferaft Account.
With a MyLiferaft Account, you only need to add your critical information once and update it when something changes. This information can then be used to create different reports, the Hospital Passport being just one example, and with the same information a print at home Emergency Card
- Downloaded the Hospital Passport and take it with you as a printed copy
- Email the Hospital Passport to the person who is helping you
- Directly share information in the Passport with others
Find out more about the other features within MyLiferaft.
Create a MyLiferaft account sign up and create a hospital passport. If you are a carer, first set up an account for yourself and you will be guided on how to set up and manage an account for someone else and create their passport once you have logged in.
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