Anyone with a learning disability can get extra support from their GP by adding their name to the GP learning disability register. To do this talk to your GP or complete this template letter and give it to your surgery.
Once on the register, ask your doctor about a free annual health check. There are lots of reasons to have the annual health check, including:
- getting extra support, for example your doctor might spot things that you may not be aware of
- receiving the right treatment, for example new medication
- having the opportunity to talk to your doctor about any concerns
- getting advice on lifestyle choices, such as diet
- taking more control of your own health and body.
Make sure your doctor offers a health action plan after the health check – this includes goals to work towards together.
Another way to make sure that you get the very best healthcare is to allow your information to be shared. With your permission, or in some cases your carer or family members permission, your doctor can add more information about your condition to your summary care record (SCR). Everyone has an SCR – it is a summary of GP medical records such as medication or hospital appointments.
Let your doctor know that you would like to give consent for additional information (AI) to be stored on your SCR. This can include details of a learning disability, any physical/sensory disability, communication needs, or contact details of a carer or next of kin. It means that any health professionals that you see in future will know about your latest medical needs and requirements.