Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Keep acting responsibly to protect yourself and others. Continue to follow the guidance on GOV.UK.

For information on getting tested, vaccines, coronavirus news and data, and support for businesses and residents, go to the Coronavirus hub .

Learning disability

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 Heath video pack (containing the videos above), please contact us at

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
Telephone: 01206 747474 ext 2160
Mobile: 07774 889067

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

Sandra Morton Nance
Telephone: 01245 516596
Mobile: 07785 970170

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

Andrew Dixon
Telephone: 01279 694905

Basildon Hospital

David Landy
Telephone: 01268 524900

Southend Hospital

Chloe Moore-Angliss
Mobile: 07795 018923
See Southend Hospital's 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

Health leaflets from Easy Health
Health videos from Easy Health
The Foundation for people with learning disabilities has information on health conditions

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