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Disabled children are likely to attend a number of hospital and doctor appointments, and depending on their condition or disability they might need extra support from professionals. 

Why families might have problems accessing health services 

How you can help families accessing health services 

You can also make use of a hospital passport. Families sometimes use hospital passports or communication passports to share information about their child with the health professionals involved. 

Ask the family to bring it with them when visiting the GP surgery so the practice finds out about the different professionals involved and treatments being carried out. 

The hospital passport is also useful in explaining things about the child, such as what might upset them, how they express themselves, routines they follow and how to tell if they are in pain. See examples of hospital passports  

How Contact can help 

We have lots of information and resources that you can share with families or direct them towards. 

Resources for professionals 

We’ve produced these guides to help health professionals make their services appropriate to families with disabled children: 

Online information 

We have lots of advice and information on our website that you might want to share with parents, including: 

Parent guides 

Our parent guides are free to download or to order in print from our helpline. The following guides are endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: 

The following guide is approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists: