Coronavirus (COVID-19): visiting The Royal Marsden suspended

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest: Visiting The Royal Marsden is still suspended, but we want to reassure our patients, their families and anyone worried about cancer during this difficult time that we are still delivering treatment - the hospital is open. Please see more information here about how we are keeping everyone safe.

Learning disability services

The Royal Marsden is committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and their family and carers.

Patient passports

Patient passports are available for all Royal Marsden patients who have additional communication needs and would find a passport helpful. They contain information about the patient’s likes, dislikes and needs, and are written in an easy read format.

They should be shown to hospital staff during any visit to The Royal Marsden, and returned to the patient when they leave.

If you think that you or the person you are caring for needs a patient passport, please ask a member of staff.

Link nurses

Learning Disability Link Nurses provide a vital link between wards and clinical areas and The Royal Marsden’s Community Learning Disability Teams.

As well as working with patients who need their services, they promote good practice and educate other staff on the needs of people with learning disabilities.


Patients with learning disabilities can request a Buddy to help them during their time in hospital. Buddies can:

  • provide personal, one-to-one support to people with learning disabilities and their families and carers
  • ensure that people with learning disabilities have extra time for their clinic appointments
  • work with other hospital staff to ensure that people with learning disabilities and their families and carers understand what is happening to them and why.

Easy read patient information

The easyhealth and Macmillan websites have a wide range of easy read leaflets and booklets written by NHS organisations:

Local council services

Each local council has a learning disability team which provides support and advice for people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers. The Royal Marsden works closely with these teams so that people with learning disabilities and their families and carers are supported during their cancer treatment.

Click on one of the links below to visit your council's website: