Dealing with disability
“Go and have a look at the patient over there and come and tell me what you think,” said the registrar. I went to look and was confused—the patient was looking into a mirror and combing her hair, but I couldn’t understand what I was looking for. I glanced at the patient again, and realised that she had Down’s syndrome.
I walked back over to the registrar and thought about what had just happened. I have been involved with a charity that supports young people with disabilities and their families for many years so meeting someone with Down’s syndrome wasn’t new for me. For other students, however, this might not be the case, and there is no doubt that it is important to be able to identify patients with disabilities as they have particular problems and might need more assistance during their stay in hospital.
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