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, the elderly, a child or anyone who finds it hard or impossible to express their needs.
Covid has made it more important then ever for people to be prepared for the unexpected. An emergency hospital admission when you can’t have a loved one with you makes carrying this information vital.
What is a Hospital Passport:
It was originally an NHS initiative, that uses a traffic light system. This means you can highlight items that they must know, should know or would be nice for them to know. It helps those who can’t express their needs without support, e.g after an accident or due to an underlying condition. It is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn’t only about illness. Sometimes 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. The information in it is what’s important enabling you to have your “voice heard”, making your time in hospital more comfortable and less stressful.
How to get one
There are templates however MyLiferaft provides an easy to create and maintain version that is Free and includes a Free Emergency Card*
*Limited time offer
What information is included in a Hospital Passport?
- Your name, DoB, NHS Number
- Details of who to contact in an Emergency
- Who your Next of Kin is, your GP
- Details of any illnesses you have
- Details of medications you take, and any support needed with this
- Your likes and dislikes
- 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 others 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?
How to get a Free Hospital Passport and Emergency Card
Creating a MyLiferaft Smart Personal health record account, means you only need to add your critical information once and update it when something changes. You can then use the information to create different reports, the Emergency Card and Hospital Passport being just a couple of examples. Find out more about the many other features contained within MyLiferaft all designed to support you manage health, care and wellbeing needs.
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, if they are unable, and create their passport.
Accessing your Passport covering all situations
- Downloaded it and carry a printed copy with you
- Email a copy to others for example a family member, friend, carer, GP
- Invite contacts to create a MyLiferaft account and directly share it with them*
- Scan the QR card on your Emergency Card*
*Security is key and you can stop sharing/disable code at any time
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