"Further Improving the Perioperative Experiences of Service Users with Intellectual Disabilities"Service Improvement Project 2021

A project funded by Cork & Kerry Nurse and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit took place in SIVUH from April 2021 to November 2021.

The project aimed to improve care for service users with intellectual disabilities in SIVUH.

It is important to staff working in the SIVUH that all our service users receive the best care possible.

We have made some improvements to how we look after people with intellectual disabilities to make their hospital visit better.

We now give the HSE Health Passport to all adults with intellectual disabilities who visit for an operation.

This passport was made as part of another project in Letterkenny.

We added a social story to the back of the HSE Health Passport. This tells you a story about your visit to hospital.




The social story will show you pictures of the hospital and the staff who will look after you during your visit.

We also developed the new SIVUH Health Passport for Children.

The SIVUH Health Passport is for all children attending SIVUH.

We have developed a new Easy to Read Webpage on our internet website.

Easy to Read is helpful to all service users who have literacy issues.

We have provided training to many staff members about caring for service users with intellectual disabilities.

We organised an NMBI approved short course for staff which was kindly delivered by COPE Foundation.

We now recognise AD Callers or "Able-Disabled Callers" in SIVUH.

Page last updated: 16/11/2021
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South Infirmary

Victoria University Hospital

A teaching hospital

of University College Cork