We run occasional campaigns to raise awareness and inform people of important issues and challenges that people with disabilities, their families and carers face.
We have been involved in some health campaigns recently.
Treat me well
Treat me well is a Mencap campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.
In Croydon we work with Willow Learning for Life to hold training sessions with staff at Croydon University Hospital, to make staff aware of the campaign and what reasonable adjustments (simple changes) people with a learning disability might need.
Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference – such as
- Better communication
- More time
- Clearer information
If you have a learning disability and have joined the learning disability register, you might also be able to have a free Annual Health Check.
What is an Annual Health Check?
An Annual Health Check is done at your GP surgery once a year.
Your doctor will take a look at how you are doing – making sure you are healthy.
It is available for most people aged 14 and older with a learning disability, if their GP offers the checks.
You do not need to be ill to get a health check, but you can ask your doctor about anything that is hurting or worrying you.
It is a good way to get to know your doctor better, and for them to find out more about you.
If you are not already having annual health checks contact your GP surgery, ask if they offer the checks and ask them to add you to their register.