Information About Me card

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The idea for a card containing relevant information for healthcare staff to give person-centred care came from a Transgender workshop I ran just over a year ago. 

For some Trans people it is vital that their gender identity remains unknown to their family, whilst other people are 'out and proud'. 

If a person is unfortunate enough to be taken to ED and be unconscious, hospital staff have no way of knowing what their situation is, which raises potential safeguarding issues with a partner or family members. 

This line of thinking led me to consider how useful it would be to carry a card which contained details about individual wishes around care, Carer's status (including being a pet owner, which can cause inpatients a great deal of anxiety) and other information not captured on EPR. 

The idea I have is for all GP practices, Health Centres and Outpatient Departments to have a small promotional display, inviting people to choose to take one, fill it in and carry it in their bag/wallet. 

Obviously there would need to be awareness-raising for all patient-facing staff, so they would know to look for it if an unconscious patient arrived, or know what action to take if presented with a card. 

The card also means that the individual does not have to keep repeating themselves!

You can download the About Me Citizens card HERE

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    muntma
    3 weeks, 4 days, 42 minutes, 45 seconds ago
    What a really useful card. I've downloaded mine and will carry it in my wallet but hopefully won't need to use it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Carol.
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    muntma
    3 weeks, 4 days, 42 minutes, 58 seconds ago
    What a really useful card. I've downloaded mine and will carry it in my wallet but hopefully won't need to use it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Carol.
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    muntma
    3 weeks, 4 days, 43 minutes, 13 seconds ago
    What a really useful card. I've downloaded mine and will carry it in my wallet but hopefully won't need to use it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Carol.
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