We are proud of our self-advocates group who delivered a letter to Northwick Park Hospital with a list of suggestions about how to improve the quality of care and support available to people with learning disabilities at the hospital.

The group handed the letter over to the Deputy Chief Nurse of London North West University, NHS Trust Donna Adcock on 17 October. They also gave her some fridge magnets with important messages about reasonable adjustments and Harrow Mencap's Treat Me Well Campaign.

The group drafted the letter as part of Activism Week. 

You can read the full text of the letter below:

Dear Northwick Park Hospital, 

Harrow Mencap’s self-advocates group has been discussing how we can support and help to make the services at Northwick Park hospital better and more accessible for people with learning disabilities.

We have lots of questions and ideas and think the things we have suggested in this letter would help to make a big difference to people using the hospital:

1. We think that there should be one nurse just for Northwick Park hospital (there is only one now to cover the whole Trust) to help with the issues that people with learning disabilities face in the hospital.

2. We believe that the hospital should have a Changing Places toilet as many disabled people and their carers would be safer when having to use toilets. It would also help to treat people with dignity and not having to get changed on the floor.

3. We would also like to meet with a representative of Northwick Park hospital to share our issues and ideas of how we can support the hospital to make things better.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Harrow Mencap self-advocates group