During the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical for NSW Health clinical staff to receive and provide a thorough handover of important information relating to the care needs and disability supports people with disability require at all stages of a patient’s journey.
People with disability can provide important information to clinical staff about their health and support needs in the:
Tools that can greatly assist in efficient assessment, admission and discharge of patients who have a disability, include:
NSW Health staff are reminded of the importance of receiving and providing detailed handovers with the patient, their carer and/or disability support provider as relevant.
NSW Health Policy Directives on how to coordinate care, communicate information and meet the needs of people with disability during hospitalisation, include:
Disability Community of Practice
20 September 2020
Andrew Davidson, Chief Allied Health Officer and Disability COP Clinical Lead
NSW Health staff