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Patient Information Leaflets

Patient Information Leaflets

To help service users and carers find more information on mental and physical health, the Trust publishes patient information leaflets.

When you click on one of the links below, you can download a leaflet. Here we are also publishing links to useful expert websites for more information.

If you need a leaflet regarding a specific service that the Trust provides please go to the Services section of our website and look it up under the specific service.

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A new carer’s strategy is in development.
Email elft.communications@nhs.net for more information.


All the following are under review, October 2021

  • Carer’s pack
  • Carer's leaflet for City and Hackney
  • Carer's leaflet for Newham
  • Carer’s leaflet for Tower Hamlets
  • Young carer’s resource pack
  • Getting involved with the Trust as a carer or service user
Easy Read Documents
Easy Read - Guide to Taking Medicine for Behaviour Problems
Easy Read - Safeguarding Bedford Borough
Easy Read - Safeguarding Central Bedfordshire
Easy Read - Safeguarding City of London
Easy Read - Safeguarding Hackney
Easy Read - Safeguarding Luton
Easy Read - Safeguarding Newham
Easy Read - Safeguarding Richmond
Easy Read - Safeguarding Tower Hamlets

Emergencies
This section is under review. Online information only is available at this time (October 2021): 
Mental health emergency Freephone crisis lines 24hrs (City & Hackney, Newham Tower Hamlets and Bedfordshire)

For mental health crisis support outside of these areas please call NHS 111 & ask for Option 2 for mental health. For more information visit the NHS information page here.

Keeping Well and Healthy - Changes in the Weather 
This section is under review. Online information only is available at this time (October 2021): 
How to stay well in winter (NHS)
Heatwave - How to cope in hot weather (NHS) 

Keeping Well and Healthy - Smoking advice & Vitamin D
See our Smokefree in East London leaflet below
See our Vitamin D information below
 

Medicines
Under review, October 2021.
For further information please contact elft.communications@nhs.net 

Mental Health
Royal College of Psychiatrists Mental Health leaflets - A broad range of mental health conditions and their treatment explained.  Also available in other languages and scripts.

Information about mental health conditions for people with learning difficulties - from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Outpatients with Learning Disabilities
This section is under review, October 2021.
Please contact elft.communications@nhs.net for further information. 

Patients' Rights
Advance Directive for Mental Health - This section is under review. October 2021. 
An advance directive is a way for service users to make their views known before a crisis, when they may be unable to make informed choices. 
See our Easy Read Information on Advance Decision Making below.

Information about Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care

Legal Rights under the Mental Health Act
An informal patient is someone who is not detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act.
Patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 are sometimes known as 'formal' patients. Formal patients have different rights.

Easy Read Guide to Mental Health Law 

See below for the following leaflets

PALS leaflet Bedford
PALS leaflet ELFT
PALS leaflet Luton
Complaints Bedford
Complaints ELFT
Complaints Luton

Welcome Packs - Admitted to a Trust Hospital (under review, October 2021) 
Welcome Pack - City & Hackney
Welcome Pack - Newham
Welcome Pack - Tower Hamlets 

See below for our Welcome Booklet for Inpatients with Learning Disabilities

Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) -Under review October 2021 
MRSA Screening - Under review October 2021 

Leaflets and information
Easy Read - Information on Advance Decision Making
Welcome Booklet for Inpatients with Learning Disabilities
Your Records and You
Your Records and You - Arabic -text-only
Your Records and You - Bedford
Your Records and You - Bengali - leaflet
Your Records and You - Bengali - text-only
Your Records and You - Polish - text only
Your Records and You - Polish - leaflet
Your Records and You - Portuguese - leaflet
Your Records and You - Portuguese - text only
Your Records and You - Punjabi - leaflet
Your Records and You - Punjabi - text only
Your Records and You - Somali - leaflet
Your Records and You - Somali - text only
Your Records and You - Tamil leaflet
Your Records and You - Turkish text only
Your Records and You -Tamil text only
Your Records and You -Turkish leaflet
Ramadan Leaflets
Keeping Healthy in Ramadan booklet 2012 English-Bengali
Keeping Healthy in Ramadan booklet 2012 English-Somali
Keeping Healthy in Ramadan booklet 2012 English-Turkish
Keeping Healthy in Ramadan booklet 2012 English-Urdu
Ramadan Guide to Healthy Fasting