The GP surgeries hold a register of all of their patients who have a learning disability. If your child is on the GP’s Learning Disability register, the doctor’s surgery will be able to tailor appointments to better meet your child’s needs, this could include:
- appointments at the beginning or end of the day when the waiting room is quiet
- extra time for your child to talk about their concerns and how they’re feeling.
- additional help for your child to understand written information they are given by the Doctor or Nurse
These are called “reasonable adjustments” and can be made to make accessing health care easier for you and your child. When your child turns 14 and they are on the Learning Disabilities Register they will be invited for an Annual Health Check. Annual health checks are designed to promote the early detection and treatment of physical and mental health problems. Annual Health Checks are also an opportunity for the young person and the GP to get to know each other. When a young person becomes an adult the GP may be the main health professional supporting their care so this early contact is invaluable.
Supercharged Me (Annual Health Checks)
Supercharged Me is an initiative set up by Kingfisher Treasure seekers to encourage more Young People aged 14 and over to get signed up to their GP Learning Disability Register and in turn have their Annual Health Check completed with their Doctor to ensure they stay… Supercharged! Annual Health Checks are a way for healthcare Professionals to ensure Children, Young People and Adults stay well, as well as allowing individuals to ask questions about their health and wellbeing. For more information and some videos on Supercharged Me click here.