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Accessing general health services 

Accessing general health services
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Accessing general health services
Author(s):

Owen Barr

and Bob Gates

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198782872.003.0010
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date: 09 May 2021

The knowledge of practical-focused and applied information within this chapter builds on the underpinning information in Chapter 5 relating to physical health and well-being. This provides essential information to nurses for people with intellectual disabilities, so that they can support people access general healthcare services. It explores the remit of general primary, secondary, and palliative care services and the roles of people who work within these services. It provides clear information on the role of all members of the primary care team and the key professionals with whom people with intellectual disabilities will often be in contact, including dentists, podiatrists, audiologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, community mental health nurses, and practice nurses. It also gives clear practical information about how to support people with intellectual disabilities to access services in general hospital, children departments, emergency departments, dental departments, mental health, and maternity and palliative care.

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