Traffic band to improve health care

RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith with Louise Darling and the Traffic Light Hospital Assessment wristbands.
RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith with Louise Darling and the Traffic Light Hospital Assessment wristbands.

A new wristband scheme, which alerts medical staff to access vital information to help them care for people with learning disabilities, has been launched in Doncaster.

The band alerts staff to the fact they can access information about that patient.

RDaSH acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith said: “The TLA a simple four-page document that outlines the service user’s essential and important needs, and has proved to be a great success in Doncaster.

“Thanks to funding from Doncaster’s Learning Disability Development Fund, the wristbands are now available for people to wear, to remind them and health professionals who come into contact with them, that they have a TLA.”

Launched by RDaSH in Doncaster in 2012, the TLA’s red rating is for things ward staff must know, such as GP and carer contact details, medical conditions, medication and allergies.

Amber is for important issues, such as how the person communicates and shares information, their eating and drinking preferences, as well as their need for help in moving around and taking medication.

Green is for likes, dislikes, hobbies and personal preferences as environments, physical touch and routines are very important to learning disabled people.

For more information about the wristbands and the Traffic Light Assessment, please contact Glynis Smith on (01302) 796833, or visit the Learning Disabilities pages on the RDaSH website at: www.rdash.nhs.uk