Royal College of Psychiatrists
Books beyond words series. Various titles, including the ones listed below.
Keeping healthy ‘down below’
2000. 88pp. ISBN 978-1-901242-54-6. £10.
The book is designed to support women who are invited for a smear test. It explains what happens to Carol, from receiving the invitation, making a preliminary visit to the GP practice, deciding whether she will have the smear or not, having the smear, and receiving the results. We then see her being recalled for further tests. Feelings, consent and health education are all addressed. Ideally this book should be used to prepare women with learning disabilities before they have a smear test.
Looking after my balls
2004. 88pp. ISBN 978-1-904671-05-3. £10.
It is important for every man to check his balls (testicles) regularly and to see his doctor immediately he finds any changes in them. This book is designed to help men with learning disabilities to learn more about their balls and about how to look after them. Full colour pictures tell the `story’. The book is divided into two sections. The first shows Tom, who finds a lump while checking his balls in the shower. He seeks help straight away and goes to see his doctor. He has a physical examination, plus an ultrasound scan, and some further tests. The lump is not due to cancer. The second part of the book gives guidance on looking after your balls and what changes to look out for. There is a glossary of medical words and a list of other helpful organisations. The book does not cover treatment for cancer. (Publisher)
Looking after my breasts
2000. 80pp. ISBN 978-11901242-53-9. £10.
This book is designed to support women who are invited for breast screening. The first story explains what happens to Beth, from receiving the invitation letter for breast screening to having a mammogram and getting a normal result. The second story shows what Beth experiences when she is recalled for further tests. Finally another woman demonstrates how to be aware of changes in one’s own breasts. Ideally this book should be used to prepare women with learning disabilities before they go for a mammogram, for further breast screening tests or to increase their breast awareness. (Publisher)