The Valuing People Bus Tour visited East Surrey Hospital on Wednesday 21st August between 1.30pm – 3.30pm, to raise awareness with the public and also the staff within the hospital.
The point of the bus tour is to go out to the community to inform people in the Surrey area about people with learning disabilities. To show the community that people with learning disabilities can offer to their community rather than taking from the community.
In an English county people with learning disabilities account for 0.3% of the population, however they also account for 6% of all A & E attendances. By keeping them well in the community we can reduce the number having to attend A &E.
Lynne Ramnanansingh, Liaison Nurse For People With Learning Disabilities at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘Having the Valuing People Bus visit East Surrey Hospital gave us the opportunity to raise awareness with the public and also the staff within the hospital. It allowed us to promote not only the needs of people with learning disabilities but also the various services available to them both in the community and the hospital.
She added “In addition to this there was also the opportunity to gain more of an understanding of people’s experiences in relation to living in the community and stigma people may face and also people’s experience of accessing healthcare”.
Learning disabilities week ran from 19th August – 25th August.