Autism Patient Charter
The Royal College of General Practitioners has worked with Autism Alliance UK to produce a patient charter. At Stow Surgery we shall be reviewing how we can work within the charter to make our GP surgery more "autism-friendly". We want to offer people with autism the highest quality of care and support. Therefore we shall be working towards:-
- Staff Awareness - ensuring that all surgery staff are more "autism aware" through access to the provision of guidance.
- Environment - working with people with autism and parents of children with autism to develop a autism-friendly environment in the confines of our current building and seeking views for the development of our proposed new building.
- Identification / Disclosure - making reasonable adjustments should staff suspect a patient has autism and creating an environment where people feel comfortable disclosing their condition should they wish to.
- Communication and Customer Service - ensuring that staff are aware of the different ways people with autism may choose to communicate and we will try to communicate by the most appropriate means for the individual concerned.
- Challenging Behaviour and Meltdowns - making staff aware of the likely cuases of challenging behaviour and how to communicate effectively with someone in distress.
Using GP and Hospital Services
Going to the Doctor - patient leaflet
Making the most of your visit to the GP
My Hospital Passport
My Hospital Passport is a resource for people with autism who might need hospital treatment. The passport is designed to help people with autism communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. See the link below for further information.
My Hospital Passport - example
What is Autism?
Click here to view a short informative video on Autism and how you can help.
or Alternatively click here to read about Autism, it's characteristics and more.
What is Asperger Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome is a form of Autism, click here for more information about it.
All About Diagnosis
For everything you need to know about diagnosis and what to do following it, click here.
Autism Diagnosis for Adults
Here you can find information about diagnosis for adults who are – or think they are – Autistic.
The 2gether Trust offer a Diagnostic Assessment Service in Gloucestershire. Patients should approach their usual GP for a referal to the service.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Real Stories
Click here to read real stories about people living with Autism, and begin to view the world from their point of view.
Autism Spectrum Research Projects
Newcastle University, in partnership with organisations across the UK are receruiting to two national autistic spectrum research projects that have NHS Ethical Approval.
Study 1 is a project that aims to learn much more about the life experiences of both adults with an autistic spectrum disorder and relatives of adults.
Ready, Steady, Go and Hello - a transition programme for young people into adult services
Further Information and Support