Autism Resources

Referring yourself or someone else to Derriford Autism Service.

Our service is aimed at people with high functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

We can add alerts to hospital systems to identify a patient as having Autism.  We do not insist on a formal diagnosis as there are many reasons why some people choose not to go down the diagnostic route.  If a person is 'self aware' that they are Autistic and without a Learning Disability, then they meet the criteria for our service.

If a person has a Learning Disability and Autism, then they will be supported by the Learning Disability Service.

Once an alert is added to the hospital systems we are automatically alerted that the person is in the hospital and which team they are with.  We will then contact the team to ensure they are given the necessary advice and information in order to care for a person with Autism.   In order to get an alert added, we simply need to know the person’s Name, Address & Date of Birth. 

You can inform us of this information by sending an email to plh-tr.derrifordautismservice@nhs.net or by telephone if you prefer on 01752 432134.

We recommend that you complete our form to request   Reasonable Adjustments  are made prior to a hospital appointment. We are unable to guarantee that all requests will be met but appropriate consideration will be made.

National Autistic Society have a Hospital Passport which you can complete prior to attending hospital.  This can help to provide information about you for the staff around you. There are guidelines on the NAS website to help you to complete this.

Autism Plain Poster Autism Colour Poster

We are providing training to staff throughout the hospital on Understanding Autism.

We are also developing a tool box for all Wards & Departments of resources that can be used to help reduce anxiety and make the hospital experience less stressful.

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