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Trust appoints nurses to support hospital patients with learning disabilities


Two extra nurses to work with patients with learning disabilities when they go to hospital in Lincolnshire have been appointed.

Karen Seale and Kerry Pobereznuik have recently started working as learning disability acute liaison nurses for Lincolnshire Community Health Services.

The nurses will ensure hospital patients with learning disabilities are well supported and have their needs met. They will work closely with the patient and their families and carers and existing hospital staff to make sure high quality care is provided.

The nurses join four existing nurses in the trust who support adults with learning disabilities in primary care settings.

Ms Pobereznuik supports patients at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, and Grantham and District Hospital and Ms Seale is based at Lincoln County Hospital.


Readers' comments (2)

  • OK, this has annoyed me. I understand the need for people with learning difficulties need to be supported and I also recognize that sometimes this is not always 100% achievable in hospitals. In my experience though, when a patient is admitted with LD then they have either a carer or family member stay with them as the patient knows them and responds well to them. The nurses who have been appointed will not have that relationship and will be trying to teach ward nurses, who have been looking after patients like this for years, how to suck eggs. The liaison nurses would be better suited to seeing the patients in the community, not adding to the four already in position in the Trust. I agree that maybe there is a need for nurses to have some support for these patients, but it is a support of an extra nurse who can be there one to one, not someone who will come along and say they need to have one to one care. Not a good appointment I feel.

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  • I am dissapointed to see an anonymous email commenting on a story relating to good practice in a stretched NHS.I am delighted that these 2 nurses have been employed. i am also saddened that a nurse reports ' patients like these'. I would like the anoymous reader to take 5 minutes out of his/her busy schedule and read the Mencap report 'Death by Indifference' .I am sure that this would this would be good food for thought and a realisation about why these nurses should be in post all around the country.

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