“Hello, my name’s Stephen Smith, I’m a Golden Lane Housing tenant. I support Mencap’s Treat me well campaign so people with a learning disability can be treated fairly and help to make a difference.
For the last 25 years, I’ve been involved in work to help people with a learning disability – including delivering training to GPs and NHS about learning disability and annual health event. I like networking and chatting to people about the work I do.
W a want to make sure people have good health and if they have got any problems or suffering they seek advice and see a doctor. It’s important that they see a doctor.
We need to encourage GPs and hospitals need to understand what it means to have a learning disability. If they don’t, it could be a problem as we won’t get the right help and treatment. The best way to help them is to give them training including by people with a learning disability and give them an information pack.
People rush too and don’t always understand what having a learning disability means. We want people not to be afraid when they go to the doctors. We should be treated in a way we understand and with respect.
Funding for support could be stopping some people. They might not have support to help them to get to an appointment on time or go with them to the doctors or hospital.
Some of the other barriers are not getting the right treatment, waiting for a long time in a waiting area and not getting a hospital bed if people are really poorly.
There are changes that can be made to help us.
Giving people with a learning disability easy-read information would help people with a learning disability to understand as it has got pictures.
People might want to get information in different ways, like by email. Most people have a computer, tablet or phones. The NHS can keep easy read information on their websites and people can look up information.
Its important people know their rights too. This can be in easy-read and put on the NHS website.
We also want MPs to listen to us about the campaign. They can help to make the changes and get things done right. We want to be treated equally, listened to and with respect.
I’ve only had good experiences when going to see the doctor. I have a health action plan, so that helps. The doctor gives good advice and I always follow it. Having a good experience when you visit the doctor makes all the difference.”
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Watch Stephen’s short video. He talks about ways to help people with a learning disability to receive better healthcare.
About Mencap’s Treat me well campaign
For more information about the campaign visit Mencap’s website.