‘My Hospital Passport’ is a resource for people with autism who might need hospital treatment.
The passport is designed to help people with autism to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It was developed by Baroness Angela Browning - an NAS Vice President - in collaboration with The National Autistic Society.
Download the autism hospital passport (PDF)
Before making your passport, please read our guidance to assist you in completing and using it.
Download the autism hospital passport guidance (PDF)
- complete the passport online and print it out; or
- print it out and complete in writing.
Once you have completed the passport, you should either:
- staple the pages together to form a booklet; or
- keep them in a clear plastic folder.
You might find it useful to make a spare copy for your own records.
When you have completed your passport, take it with you whenever you visit hospital and show it to the doctors, nurses and any other healthcare professionals you come into contact with.
When admitted to hospital for treatment overnight or for a long stay, you should:
- give the passport to the doctor or nurse responsible for your care
- ask them to make sure the passport is kept with the patient notes at the end of your bed.
The passport is endorsed by the Department of Health and promoted by NHS England. It is one of the projects referenced in the adult autism strategy, Think Autism.
An independent research company called Justice Studio are currently researching the use and effectiveness of the passport. If you are on the spectrum yourself or if you are a carer or healthcare professional, please fill out our survey to give your views on the passport.
Justice Studio will also be running small discussion groups and one to one meetings on the passports with autistic people, family members and professionals. Email Simon Shaw and Marianne Moore on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
Thank you to BT for donating design support to this project.