What services are available to support your young persons health transition?
Annual health checks
Everyone who's over the age of 14 and on the learning disability register is entitled to a free annual health check. Contact your local GP to ensure your child is listed on the register.
You could complete our checklist before a health check to make sure you have all the information the GP needs:
NHS England have more information on annual health checks.
My Purple Folder
All adults with a learning difficulty in Hertfordshire can have a Purple Folder which contains all of their health information. It's used to help your young person get the best care and treatment when visiting health professionals such as doctors, nurses, dentists, opticians, pharmacists or chiropractors for example.
Help paying for the cost of prescriptions
You can get free NHS prescriptions if you are:
- 16 to 18 and in full-time education
- have a specified medical condition and a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
- have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
- are an NHS inpatient.
You're also entitled to free prescriptions if you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Universal Credit.
You can also find out how to apply for a medical exemption certificate.
The Learning Disability Nurses and Health Liaison team
Our learning disability nurses and health liaison team work with adults and young people to help them to manage their own health. This could include helping them to eat healthily and supporting them to manage their health in other ways.
Adult Care Services' learning disability pages have lots of easy-read information to help with your young persons health.
The Preparing for Adulthood website has health resources to help you and your young person.