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Doncaster learning disability campaigners promote service

ChAD members Ellen Hulley (second left); Mark Johnson (centre) and Neil Cooper (second right); with ChAD Worker Sue Millard (left) and RDaSH student nurse Liam Nicholson (right).

ChAD members Ellen Hulley (second left); Mark Johnson (centre) and Neil Cooper (second right); with ChAD Worker Sue Millard (left) and RDaSH student nurse Liam Nicholson (right).

  • by Stephanie Bateman
 

A group of adults with learning disabilities who campaign for Doncaster’s learning disabled community are to feature in a brochure promoting a state-of-the-art inpatient unit in Balby their views helped shape.

Three members of Choice for all Doncaster (ChAD) – a forum which represents and speaks up for 700 people with learning disabilities will appear in the brochure for Sapphire Lodge Assessment and Treatment Unit, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), and offers a combination of specialist assessments and treatment packages to people with a learning disability, who may also have mental health needs.

RDaSH Deputy Modern Matron Yvonne Moss said: “We have a long standing relationship with Doncaster ChAD, which offers a great check and challenge for our service.

“They were involved in the development of Sapphire Lodge, from consulting on the design plans to attending the opening event, and their feedback ensures our service continues to move in the right direction – with the focus always being on supporting the needs of people with learning disabilities.”

The new brochure will provide information about the unit, which underwent a £1.3m modernisation by RDaSH in 2013, and provides inpatient care to some of the region’s most vulnerable people. It also offers a limited number of beds to commissioners around the country, who require access to its specialist care and facilities.

Yvonne Moss added: “We’re delighted that ChAD has played such a major role in all aspects of the successful modernisation of Sapphire Lodge.”

 

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