24 September 2019

Invitation to a Deaf User Group

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is hosting a Deaf User Group on Thursday 10th October from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at Bexhill Hospital in the Chapel meeting room.

The meeting is open to all d/Deaf people whose primary language is not spoken English (e.g. BSL, SSE, other sign language, lip-reading or another method of communication).

British Sign Language (BSL) is the most requested language at the Trust and this meeting is to understand more about the communication needs of d/Deaf people living in East Sussex, and to explore ways to improve how d/Deaf people access our services, including our Emergency Departments and community services.

At the meeting we will be asking:

  • How can we make contacting the Trust accessible for d/Deaf people and how can we contact you efficiently?
  • What can we do to improve literature, (posters, publications and letters) to be more accessible?
  • Your feedback on using video interpreting to bridge the gap when interpreters are not available.
  • Your feedback on the Trust’s policy on ‘Delivering Accessible Information’ (specific parts of the policy will be emailed to attendees one week before the meeting)

BSL Interpreters will be at the meeting. If you require an alternative Language professional such as a Lipspeaker, ENT or STTR, please let us know by Friday 27th September, 2019 and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

To reserve a place, please email your name and any additional requirements to: Email: esh-tr.accessibleinformation@nhs.net

To join the mailing list for future events (specific for d/Deaf people) – send your name to esh-tr.accessibleinformation@nhs.net

(Your email address will only be used for communications associated with ESHT Deaf User Group e.g. Upcoming meetings, feedback, events)