Hospital passport

The UK’s National Autistic Society has some great resources, including this hospital passport.  It can be completed either online then printed, or in writing, in advance of any hospital visit- and I think would be good for any medical appointment.  As well as the usual personal details, medical history and contact details for the patient’s significant people, it includes boxes to describe how the Autistic person would like hospital staff to communicate with them, how the Autistic person communicates, experiences pain and communicates pain, and what causes distress. The guidelines document contains many questions to consider when writing statements to include in the hospital passport. For example, when considering how staff are to communicate with the Autistic person- do questions need to be short and specific, do you need things written down, is there a preference for pictures or symbols, will pointing/demonstrating help, will you need a lot of time to think about and answer questions?  The final page describes the five key principles of the Mental Capacity Act, and states “Because I have autism please do not assume that I do not have mental capacity”.

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