People with learning disabilities are being urged to sign up to their GP’s learning disability register.
It means they will get extra support to access health services and will be called for an annual health check if they are over the age of 14 and have been assessed as having moderate or severe learning disabilities, profound learning disabilities or a mild learning disability but may have other health needs.
People with a learning disability do not always know when they are ill or need to see a doctor so the annual health check is really important and you are much more likely to be called for a check if you are on your GP register.
Being on the register also means you get extra support such as easy read information, longer appointments and help to make decisions.
Anyone of any age, and any level of disability can join the register, even if they live independently and have little or no support. It is particularly helpful for children to join it at a young age, so that adjustments and support are put in place before they transition into adult services.
All you need to do is go to your GP surgery and ask if the receptionist can check to see if you are on the register. Even if the person with learning disabilities receives social care support, they may have been missed off so it’s important to check.
More information can be found on the Mencap website