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Hospital passports and help at hospitals

Victoria's story of using her hospital passport

What are Hospital Passports?

A hospital passport provides important information about a patient with a learning disability, including personal details, the type of medication they are taking, and any pre-existing health conditions.

The passport also includes information about how a person communicates and their likes and dislikes, which can be very important when they are first admitted to hospital.

This can include any communication aids and how they can be used so health staff can communicate clearly. They can also show how the person expresses things such as happiness, sadness, pain and discomfort.

Hospital passports allow health staff to understand the needs of the individual, and help them make the necessary reasonable adjustments to the care and treatment they provide.

Vulnerable in-patient (VIP) - Help at hospitals

Going into hospitals can be scary, but do not worry they have special nurses who are there to support you and make sure you get the care you need.

You may be given a Vulnerable In-Patient Card or a VIP hospital passport to help others identify your needs.

VIP card
  • Lets doctors and nurses know what medicines allergies you have.
  • Fits into your wallet or purse.
How to get a VIP card

Phone the NHS South West Yorkshire Partnership to order your VIP card.

  • 0800 587 2108
VIP hospital passport
  • Gives the hospital staff important information about you.
How to get a VIP hospital passport

Contact Mencap in Kirklees to order a VIP hospital passport by phone or email.

Last updated: 12/10/2020

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Vulnerable in-patient (VIP)

VIP Kirklees