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Learning disabilities - hospital based care

The Liaison Nurses support the person with a learning disability when they are accessing acute physical care, either as an inpatient or an outpatient, and also provide advice and support to acute services staff.

The service is available for Queen Margaret Hospital and Victoria Hospital.  Input is also provided to the community hospitals in Glenrothes, Cupar and St Andrews.

The role involves

  • Pre admission planning
  • Service user education
  • Carer support
  • Pre discharge planning
  • Facilitation of out patient appointments
  • Advice on issues such as communication, risk management, consent to treatment
  • Advising on Hospital passports

Learning disabilities - community care

The liaison nurses also support the person with a learning disability when they are accessing primary care services across Fife. 

We provide advice and support to:

  • Primary care services such as general practitioners, district nurses, public health nurses and practice nurses
  • Care provider organisations
  • Parents and carers
  • Service users

Where requested, we develop and deliver educational programmes suitable for:

  • NHS Fife Staff
  • Carers
  • General Practitioners and primary care staff
  • External agencies

We work with partner agencies to:

  • Aid development and improvement of access to primary care services for people with a learning disability.
  • Address the health inequalities which can be experienced by people with a learning disability.

We run an open referral system and referrals can be by phone, letter or referral form.  We are available between 08.30- 16.30 Monday to Friday. Contact:

Outpatients 6
Whyteman’s Brae Hospital, 
Whyteman’s Brae