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Blood desensitisation pack

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The Health Liaison Team for Adults with a Learning Disability and the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) have been promoting better health care for people with learning disabilities within North Wales for the past seven years. The team's work highlights the significant health needs of people with learning disabilities and promotes access to primary and acute care services. The initiative has included developing learning disability registers within GP surgeries, facilitating a comprehensive health screening programme and developing health action plans. Nurses have developed innovative working practices to support the initiative's goals.

People with learning disabilities are invited for an annual health check at their GP surgery. The health liaison team supports practices in maintaining the learning disabilities register to ensure the appropriate people are invited for the check.

The health check might require blood to be taken to give baseline measurements. Certain conditions such as Down's syndrome and diabetes, and those necessitating regular medication, will require more frequent blood tests. There are members of the general population who don't like having blood taken and although they can rationalise why they need it, these individuals might need some support. Those with learning disabilities who are frightened or needle phobic require an extra level of help and support.


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I found the article really useful and informative, can't wait to recieve the pack and use with my patients.
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This sounds like a great piece of work.


How can I obtain a copy of your tool?


I undertake all of the desensitisation work for West Hampshire LD service, and do pretty much the same procedure. Although, I have worked with some people for nearly a year, to achieve a successful draw.


It is my assertion that to maintain consistency, especially with the more profound LD patients, the person undertaking the desensitisation should also draw the blood. The trust built during the desensitisation process cannot always be transferred onto another person. This sets the patient up to fail.


Perhaps the phlebotomist should be responsible for the whole process, or HCAs/CSWs should be trained to draw blood.


I would be interested to know you thoughts on this.
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Would it be possible to be sent a desensitisation pack? I work with young people with LD in a College setting and working towards bloods tests in something we often come across. Thank you.
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I am a learning disability student nurse and would like to have the kit as I do come across decensitisation with client a lot for blood test.
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Hi there, I had a read an found this very interesting. Wondering if possible I could get a pack. I am a learning disabilities nurse.
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To receive a pack, please contact Kim.Scandariato@wrexham.gov.uk.

Thanks
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I would be very interested in having a pack please. I am a learning disability nurse.
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I am currently working as a HCA with a learning disability team and feel this would be a great tool to help us with desensitisation of the people we support.
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Hi, I am an intellectual disability nursing student, currently on my internship. Please would you be able to send me a copy of the pack? I believe it would be very beneficial for some of the clients I am supporting at the moment. Thanks in advance. Best wishes, Layla
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I am supporting a 14 year old boy how has down syndrome to desensitise for his blood test.
I have registered with you, What do I need to do to request a pack please?
Many thanks in advance,
Elena
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Would it be possible to have a sample or copy of this pack please?
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Please could I be forwarded a blood desensitisation pack or can you inform me how to get one
Many thanks
Erica Craig
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Hello,

Would it be possible to have a copy of this pack please? Many thanks.
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Please provide instruction on how I can aquire this pack. Thank you.
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Hi Mandy ,
you did very kindly send me the pack, unfortunately I have deleted it when we had all that fuss with the test E-mails.
Please can I be cheeky and ask for another pack.
Thank you very much.
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Is it possible to have a look at the pack contents and pathway please?
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Please please can you send me the above pack, it would be a very useful aid for our clients to help them overcome their anxietys
Thank you
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Hi,
Please could send me a copy of this pack?
Thank you
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Would it be possible for the pack to be shared please
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I am a health care assistant with a learning disabilty team and alot of my work is desensitisation on taking bloods. where could I get the pack from please, im sure it would be a good working tool for me.
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I am learning disability student nurse and am currently looking into desensitisation. would it be possible to have a copy of the pack?
Thanks
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Abigail, I would really appreciate having a read of this pack to help a patient in my service, I am sure that he has signs of health problems and refuses to have a blood test, his mother is concerned as am I. I would appreciate having a read or using the pack for this gentleman if possible.
Philip Weir rnld
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would it be possible to have a copy off the flash cards Im really struggling with a lady im currently working with around blood taking ?

Regards
Louise
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Would you be willing to share the full details of this pack including access to the flash cards etc, as I am currently looking at developing a pathway for my CLDT.

Many thanks
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Where can I gain access to the pack or is it currently being developed? Thank you.
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I was wondering where I would be able to get more information about this pack, or if it would be possible to have a look at the pack contents?

I am a community learning disabilities nurse, setting up a desensitisation pathway, and this works looks very similar.

Thank you :)
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