‘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)
You can also request a printed copy of the passport and guidance from our online shop.
- 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 will be promoted by NHS England. It is one of the projects referenced in the recently revised adult autism strategy, Think Autism
The Department of Health will be conducting a research project into the use and effectiveness of the passport. We would appreciate any views and feedback from people with autism, their carers, and medical professionals who have used the passport. If you would like to participate in this, please email your contact details to email@example.com
with ‘Autism hospital passport’ in the subject header.
The passport is currently for use in England, however the NAS is exploring whether the passport could be used across the UK in the future.
Thank you to BT for donating design support to this project.