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Campaign for training medics re special needs kids

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A petition started in honour of a dead teenager, calling for doctors and nurses to receive mandatory training in autism and learning disability, is set to be debated by MPs.

Oliver McGowan, 18, had mild autism, epilepsy and learning difficulties. He died in hospital in Bristol in 2016.

While in Southmead Hospital in November 2016 Oliver, from Bristol, was prescribed the anti-psychotic drug Olanzapine. This was despite him and his parents repeatedly telling medics he should not be given it because he had reacted badly to the drug in the past and because he did not have a mental health diagnosis.

The coroner ruled the drug had been properly prescribed but since then Mrs McGowan has been campaigning for better health care for people who have autism and learning disabilities.
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Is there a lack of awareness and knowledge among the medics and medical personnel when it comes to some mental disability?
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I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed with autism in January and I am really worried because recently I have seen kids or adults are prone to have seizures so with autism.
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What could be extremely helpful is having patients wear medical ID. We do it for other illnesses why not this. Letting medical professionals know would give them a heads up especially treatment.
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My son is 39 and has Asperger...it's not only the medical profession that needs training...everyone involved n providing services to the public and employers need it!
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Paula McGowan is an amazing lady to try and make a difference in medical training after the tragic loss of her son Oliver.
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I seriously don't understand the connection between him being autistic and getting the wrong medication. Why wasn't it on his medical record if it was a noted serious adverse effect? My journal has a big red digital stamp over it on screen saying that I should never get substance x, because I'm allergic to it. Also I would rush off to hospital if a family member got there, even if they had no disability- people can get shocked, or be in pain or have dementia and are unable to remember their allergies (that they sometimes hardly think about anymore because they normally route around them).
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This training is so needed within the NHS... Autism is very close to my heart & I was amazed to discover how little knowledge ordinary GPs and nursing staff etc actually know about Autism & It's challenges......My deepest sympathy goes out to Oliver's Mom so very sad
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it should be part of their training already!
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Totally agree with with this NHS staff don't know how to treat people with autism and learning disability... I was asked by NHS staff to wait outside with someone cause they were loud. Anxious. This was night time but still asked to wait in ambulance bay.
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