Proposed changes to the local healthcare service in Worcestershire
Talk at Deaf Coffee Morning, by Anita Lowe, Interpreter
On Wednesday 5th November, Deaf Direct was pleased to welcome Clare and Sarah who represent the NHS. They came to speak to the Deaf Coffee Morning members about proposed changes to healthcare services in the county, affecting Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. This meeting comes before a formal public consultation which will take place in 2015.
This was a lively meeting with plenty of contributions, comments and questions from the audience. The overwhelming message that came across for Clare and Sarah to feedback to NHS management, was that whatever changes may come to the county hospitals, the new plans must address the need for equal access to healthcare for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. There were various experiences shared about hospitals refusing to recognise the need, or to book a BSL / English interpreter when it was vital for clear communication. We hope that Clare and Sarah will be able to come back to us with a response when they have reported these comments to their managers.
Would you like to find out about the proposed changes?
Following on from the Deaf Coffee Morning session this week, Clare and Sarah from the NHS will be at Deaf Direct once again on Friday 14th November, 10:30am – 12:30pm. This talk will take place during the Hard of Hearing Group Coffee Morning session. All are welcome to join us for this event but please note a BSL interpreter will not be provided this time. This is a change to the scheduled mini-manicure session for the HoH Group in November, but don’t worry, it will happen next year!