Hi, my name is Fiona and I am part of the Learning Disability Team at the NNUH.

In light of the current climate, we are pre-planning for any potential admissions children and young people with a learning disability and/or Autism may have during this unprecedented time.

Our aim is to ensure that all patients have an emergency admission plan, which is a one-page document we develop from information on the child’s hospital passport. The idea of this document is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of the child’s needs in the emergency situation, prior to staff having the opportunity to read the full hospital passport.

We are also hoping to ensure that all hospital passports are up to date and relevant to ensure staff are aware of what adjustments the child needs and how best to support them should they be admitted to hospital. For any families who do not have a hospital passport in place for their child, please click here for a blank copy for you to complete.

We also have a newly-developed national ‘COVID-19 Hospital Summary’, which is another useful tool which can support staff to understand the child’s needs upon admission to hospital.

The NNUH Trust have implemented amended visiting rules which mean that one parent or carer can remain with the child at all times, and we are also working closely with our community colleagues so we are able to make admissions/discharge as effective and prompt as safe to do so.

If you have any queries, or would like support completing a hospital passport, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Take care and best wishes,


Fiona Springall - Children and Young People’s Learning Disability Specialist Nurse

Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 01603 287436 - Ext. 3436 – DECT. 7939 - Secure Email: [email protected]


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