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 Hospital Companion.
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