I am due for my hospital passport to be updated , I know it needs to go with me when admitted to hospital, but I wonder why it seems to be only for that purpose and not for use when attending hospital outpatient appointments ?
Strange question, what is a hospital passport?
A hospital passport contains a summary of the patients vital information on paper. Such as.
It's handed into reception when one arrives, so they don't need to.ask for all this information, it's in front of them.
So it's basically the summary page attached to your medical notes.
Not that they update that when you tell them either.
details here for those who have not encountered it before:
It does say: When you have completed your passport, take it with you whenever you visit hospital and show it to the doctors, nurses and any other healthcare professionals you come into contact with. So @parallelthinker this implies you could/should take it to all appts
Ah, I see I thought it was just a general document for ensuring correct information was held by the hospital! This makes more sense.
Sounds very useful for those of us on the 'lower-functioning' end of the spectrum. Explaining my medical details is something I've never had a problem with, personally, but I can see how others would.
Edit: I have seen the passport. This should be on the hospital record. But can understand why it's important.
I would carry it anywhere
And perhaps have a card for shops,
I’ve had my hospital Passport drawn up by my autism team as the midwives dealing with my pregnancy have refused my reasonable adjustments, tried to have me put on anti depressants, said there is nothing wrong with me as I appear “normal” and I’m not on medication! The stuff with them just goes on and on... ignorance at it’s best! So it states exactly what I need and why and advises it needs to be followed due to the Equality Act.
Well done having it completed and good that the Equality Act is mentioned !