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Transition was good. Everyone was friendly, helpful and caring



Bristol Royal Hospital for Children works with patients and families not just in the Bristol area but throughout the South West. As part of transition the move to adult services will take this into consideration and so you may find your young person's care is managed nearer to where you live. There are differences in how care is managed in children's and adults service.

Learning Disability and Autism nurses provide advice and support to make transition easier. UHBW sites that the Learning Disability and Autism nurses support:

  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • Weston General Hospital
  • Bristol Eye Hospital
  • Bristol Dental Hospital
  • South Bristol Community Hospital
  • St Michaels Hospital
  • Unity Sexual Health
  • Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
  • Bristol Heart Institute Clinical Services 

Please visit the AccessAble website link below to access photographs and easy read information about our sites and services.

If your care is moving to a hospital outside of Bristol you will be able to contact Learning Disability and Autism nurses there. You can contact hospitals directly for information or your healthcare team will be able to support you in this .

Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Team

The Learning Disabilities and Autism team support patients that access adult acute hospital services. This includes patients (aged 16yrs +) that are moving from children's to adult services. A Learning Disability and Autism nurse is a specialist nurse who helps to identify and implement reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability and/or autism to improve their access to and experience of:

  • Outpatient appointments (including scans, x-rays and treatments)
  • Inpatient stays
  • Emergency admissions


  • ensure equal access to healthcare for people with a learning disability and/or autism.
  • inform hospital staff about any needs that have been identified before you go into hospital so they can plan and implement reasonable adjustments for your care.
  • Support complex discharge planning
  • If you are a carer and would like support we could refer you to the Carer Liaison Worker

The nurse also supports you in hospital if you need to make decisions about your health and other care needs. The nurses understand that sometimes making decision can be difficult and the Mental Capacity Act is all about making decision and it is the law.