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This is Annette.

 

She is 22 and has a sight impairment and a learning disability.

 

She is coming to the hospital for a consultation.

 

She is quite nervous about her appointment which she knows means having blood tests and a follow up appointment to receive the results and discuss the next steps.

What are the potential barriers or challenges for Annette in accessing healthcare?

 

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What one thing could be done to overcome one or more of these barriers?

 

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This is Sergio.

 

He is 12 and has autism

 

He is reluctant to come into the treatment room.

 

He is screaming, shaking his head and holding his ears. His mother is with him. Sergio and his mother have waited in the busy waiting room for 45 minutes.

 

What are the potential barriers or challenges for Sergio in accessing healthcare?

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What one thing could be done to overcome one or more of these barriers?

 

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