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Learning Disability and COVID-19

Checked: 13-09-2021 by vicky.ryan Next Review: 12-09-2022

COVID-19 Symptom Presentation in patients with Learning Difficulties

Please find attached a guide developed by Sirona care & health containing information from the Berkshire Healthcare report and the South West NHSE&I COVID-19 mortality review for people with learning disabilities.

The document outlines the COVID-19 symptoms and common presentation in individuals with learning difficulties as well as differential diagnosis tools and considerations.

Oximetry@home for patients with LD

Patients on the learning disability register are eligible to access Pulse Oximetry at home Virtual Ward provided by Sirona.

The Community LD Teams (CLDT’s) are supporting the virtual ward to ensure equitable access. 

GP’s can refer individuals on the LD register to the virtual ward, even if the person is unable to access it autonomously – there is a supported process within Sirona to ensure their access. This includes such help as training, remote prompting and direct support.

Easyread COVID Vaccination poster/ leaflet

Please see attached Easyread COVID Vaccine Please don't call us leaflet / poster

Please see useful Easyread FAQ's about the vaccine (via link below) to support people to make an informed choice. The information has audio as well. Useful for service users, family members and staff or anyone who has doubts about the vaccine. This information has been developed through working with learning disabled experts by experience and self-advocacy groups

A number of EasyRead leaflets and forms developed by Public Health England to help practices provide accessible information for those with learning disabilities and autism receiving the COVID-19 vaccination are available via this link: COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read leaflets - GOV.UK (

Annual Health Checks

During COVID-19 the need to undertake annual health checks in patients with learning difficulties has been identified as a priority. Please see the Resources to support Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities page for details.



Please see the Learning Disabilities Teams page for contact details for local LD teams

The speciality guide to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic (attached) gives advice to front line staff in key points of how to assess and treat someone with an LD with suspected COVID-19

COVID-19 learning disability deaths - Learning Brief: Primary Care