This resource published by the National Autistic Society aims to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
When you have completed your passport, take it with you whenever you visit hospital and show it to the doctors, nurses and any other healthcare professionals you come into contact with.
When admitted to hospital for treatment overnight or for a long stay, you should:
- give the passport to the doctor or nurse responsible for your care
- ask them to make sure the passport is kept with the patient notes at the end of your bed.
The passport is endorsed by the Department of Health and will be promoted by NHS England. It is one of the projects referenced in the recently revised adult autism strategy, Think Autism.
The Department of Health will be conducting a research project into the use and effectiveness of the passport. Please send your views and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Autism hospital passport’ in the subject header.