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. You can download mulitple referral forms for the service with this link. 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.

Why have a hospital alert poster

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: or by telephone if you prefer on 01752 432134.


Hospital Passports

These can help to provide information about you for the staff caring for you.

Produced by aDAPt (Derriford Autism Partnership)  this passport is in A5 booklet size

   Derriford Hospital Passport for people with Autism  

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 also have a Hospital Passport which you can choose to complete prior to attending hospital.  There are guidelines on the NAS website to help you to complete this.  


Training for hospital staff

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.

Autism Plain Poster Autism Colour Poster

The Autism Service Newsletters

Newsletter September 2020Newsletter December 2020


Derriford Autism Service Final Pilot Report 

If you would like to read the final pilot report from the Derriford Autism Service please click here.

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