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How to get support if you have a learning disability

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Health support

People with learning disabilities may have particular health problems, and some may need extra support to use important health services.

Get your annual health check

It's really important that you see your doctor for your health check. Ask your doctor about this if you haven't had one lately.

Going to the dentist or hospital?

We have produced a series of videos on YouTube to help people with learning disabilities prepare for various health checks.

If you are a care provider or organisation which helps people with learning disabilities and you are interested in receiving a portable Access to Health video pack (containing the videos above), please contact us at marketdevelop@essex.gov.uk

Have a question about a hospital appointment?

All the major hospitals in Essex have Hospital Liaison Nurse Specialists that can answer any questions or concerns you have about your appointment.

Colchester Hospital

Stephanie Baker Email: stephanie.baker@esneft.nhs.uk Telephone: 01206 742160 ext 2160

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

Shahnaz Begum Email: Shahnaz.begum14@nhs.net Telephone: 01245 514741

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

Karen Thomson Email: karen.thomson17@nhs.net Telephone: 01279 978742

Basildon Hospital

Dave Thompson Email: Dave.Thompson8@nhs.net Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 8064

Southend Hospital

Paula Pearl Email: paula.pearl@nhs.net Telephone: 01702 435555 ext 6448

Read more about Southend Hospital's Learning Disability patient information

Mental health support

Everyone has days when they find it difficult to stay happy and positive.

If you or someone you care for thinks they have a problem with their mental health, see our section on Mental Health.

Essex County Council has produced a video called the Five Ways to Wellbeing to help people find ways to stay well, both in body and mind.

Easy Read

For Easy Read information on health issues, visit:

For Easy Read information on end of life planning and the right to refuse treatment, the following interactive documents have been produced by the NHS: