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RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith (left) with Louise Darling (right), who is depicted visiting the dentist in the new RDaSH booklet.

RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith (left) with Louise Darling (right), who is depicted visiting the dentist in the new RDaSH booklet.

HEALTH bosses in Doncaster are bringing in a series of booklets to help people find out about how they can get better access to healthcare in the borough.

The publications, which aim to help people with learning disabilities access NHS services and screening, are being issued by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

They are being published because of officials’ concerns over how well people with learning disabilities are able to access health services in the borough, ranging from opticians and dentists to smear tests.

RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith said: “We believe learning-disabled people deserve equal access to healthcare services, but research shows they experience poorer general health and are three times more likely to die early than the rest of the general population.”

 

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