The right to additional support when in hospital

About this guide

This guide has been written to help disabled people and people with particular care needs who have been admitted to hospital understand what care and support they may be able to receive in hospital, either from the NHS or their local authority, if the hospital is not meeting all of their needs.

This guide has been prepared with input from law firm Leigh Day and is intended to provide an overview of the relevant law and guidance to help people who are unsure of what additional support they can request when they are in hospital for an extended period of time. This guide was prepared in October 2023 and reflects our understanding of existing provisions at this time. This guide is not intended to be used in legal action, and if you are considering legal action relating to the care and support you are receiving in hospital, then you should seek specialist legal advice.

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