What healthcare services are available to support you?
Annual Health Checks
Everyone who is 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 young person 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: Everyone who is 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 young person 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:
If you are a young person, you can take this checklist to your annual health check, and it will help you to go through all of your health needs with your GP:
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.
Patient Advice and Liason Service
The NHS has a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) which offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. PALS can help you:
- with your health-related questions
- resolve concerns or problems when you're using the NHS
- get yourself more involved in your own healthcare
You can also find officers from PALS in your local hospital.
The Learning Disability Nurses
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 person's health.
Herts Young People's Health Transition Service
The Young People’s Health Transitional Service helps and coordinates the transition process from children’s to adult services for young people with complex physical health or life-limiting conditions in Hertfordshire aged 14 to 21 years.