BSL Covid Vaccine - Key public information
119 BSL Service (get a Coronavirus test)
Welcome to the NHS 119 BSL Service
This service is open 07.00 – 23.00 day every day
Available in: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Delivered and powered by InterpreterNow
Click here for information and to connect to an interpreter
Government information about booking a test: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
BSL Health Access
The BSL Health Access service gives on-demand, FREE, 24/7 access to an qualified online BSL interpreter in any health setting, such as GP, hospital, dentist or even a pharmacy.
Download and use on your mobile phone – BSL Heath Access ‘Flash Card’ – Click here to print or save to your phone
If you need to contact us, you can use the Relay UK service to call through to the reception team
NHS 111 BSL Service
NHS 111 offers a video relay service that allows you to make a video call to a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. The BSL interpreter will call an NHS 111 adviser on your behalf and you’re then able to have a real-time conversation with the NHS 111 adviser, via the interpreter.
Visit NHS 111 BSL interpreter service for more details.
NHS 111 Leaflet
999 For the Deaf / Hard of Hearing
999 BSL is a service that connects you to British Sign Language Interpreters remotely through an app or a web-based platform, who then will relay the conversation with the call handler and emergency authorities.
A national text number has been set up that allows Deaf people, or people with hearing difficulties, to get 999 help quickly. But, unlike hearing people, they must register their phones before they make a call.
The video below explains in BSL how to register your mobile phone for the text service.
Information From SignHealth
Children and Young People
Leaflets from the National Deaf Children’s Society:
Help and Advice - British Sign Language (BSL) and the doctor
Macmillan Information In BSL
Macmillan’s British Sign Language cancer information videos are there to help you understand and cope with cancer. They cover what cancer is, signs and symptoms of cancer, what to expect if you are diagnosed, living with cancer, diet and cancer, coping with side effects, and cancer treatments.
Click here to visit the website, and watch these videos.
Be Clear on Cancer BSL Videos:
SignHealth partners with Shout and launches a new Crisis Text Line for Deaf people
Today on World Suicide Prevention Day, SignHealth is proud to announce the launch of a new Crisis Text Line powered by Shout UK. The text-based crisis number provides support to anybody who feels they can’t cope. If you have suicidal thoughts and need urgent help with a crisis please text DEAF to 85258.Posted by SignHealth Charity on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Mental Health Self-Help Information in BSL
You can access a variety of self help resources with information to help you with anxiety, stress, abuse, and others. Each of the leaflets can be viewed easily on your mobile device via the apps available for iPad, iPhone, and Android.
Each leaflet has a BSL video that you can watch.
You can also view and print easy read versions of the leaflets.
Click here to view in your browser
“Supporting people who are deaf or hard of hearing
Callers who are deaf or who have hearing or speech impairments can contact us for support by email by using firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the Next Generation Text (NGT) service.
Next Generation Text is not specific to Samaritans and can be used on any telephone number. You can contact Samaritans in this way using your local branch telephone number.”
Psychological Therapies Service in BSL - Provided by SignHealth
“BSL Healthy Minds is a psychological therapy service provided by SignHealth, a charity dedicated to making sure Deaf people in the UK get the same level of access to health services as hearing people.”
Click here to visit their website (includes BSL information videos)
How to be referred to this service:
- See the GP – You can book an appointment with a GP and ask to be referred.
- Self refer – Click here to complete the online self referral form
“The Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides a specialist mental health service for deaf and hearing impaired children with a range of emotional and behavioural problems. This is a specialist team covering Central England with teams based in Dudley, Nottingham and Oxford which provide access to services as close to home as possible reducing travelling time for children young people and their families.”
Click here to view their website
Click here to view the leaflet
SignHealth - Health Advice In BSL
“Health Advice is hard to come by in sign language. It’s one of the reasons that Deaf people are more likely to be undiagnosed, or poorly treated, for a range of health conditions.
The modern NHS wants patients to be well informed and to make their own healthy choices, but it doesn’t give Deaf people the information or the tools they need to do that.
SignHealth is growing this library of health videos, to provide Deaf people with information on common, life-threatening and life-changing conditions and events.”
Click each button below to view SignHealth’s information:
“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.
Anyone could be a carer – a 16-year-old girl looking after a parent with a disability, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has dementia.”
If that is you, Deaf Plus can support you
Click here to view their website
Tips for Carers - From SignHealth
All the BSL videos below can be viewed on Alzheimer’s Society’s website
Risk factors for dementia
Click here to watch the British Deaf Association’s BSL video
Risk Factors for Dementia
- Smoking – people who smoke have a 70% higher risk of Dementia compared to those who don’t smoke
- Exercise – simple exercise can help to prevent Type II diabetes, which is associated with risk of Dementia.
- Diet – Making changes to your diet can help to reduce your blood pressure, lose weight or prevent Type II diabetes
- Alcohol – The evidence surrounding alcohol is mixed, however if you are a heavy drinker, over a long period of time, this can increase your risk of developing Dementia
If you would like further information, you can have a look at : www.agescotland.org.uk
Deaf World has been a registered charity since January 2009 and works in partnership with hearing impaired young people aged between 11 and 25 living in the West Midlands.
The aims of Deaf World are to meet the diverse educational, social, cultural, leisure, training, employment and linguistic needs of the young community. Deaf Word has also worked in partnership with Sandwell and Birmingham youth service provision and Wodensborough School to successfully deliver a programme of activities, for example:
- 5 outdoor activities residential in the Peak District and North Wales
- 2 Vehicle education programmes
- 6 day trips
- Organised fund-raising events
- Held meetings with young people and parents/carers
- Delivered a health and well-being project commissioned by Sandwell Can Do
- Facilitated consultation with young people
- Worked in partnership with young people to set up the Deaf Zone youth club at the Lighthouse young people centre in Aston
- Set up a Youth Forum
- Supported a young person to be successful in two funding applications
- Arranged and facilitated the provision of ‘Leadership Training’ which is commencing for youth forum members this Autumn
- Consulted young people about the proposals from a young deaf man who is looking to set up self-defence class for young people at the Lighthouse
- Set up a Ju Jitsu self-defence class delivered by a deaf young man at the Lighthouse
- HI young person volunteering as admin at Deaf World for 16 hours a week
Deaf Zone Youth Club. Meets once a week and open to young people from 11 to 25 at the Lighthouse
Ju Jitsu Self Defence. Classes delivered by a deaf young man (Ju Jitsu Black Belt 1st Dan) every Saturday 2 to 3pm. Cost £1 at the Lighthouse.
Outdoor activity residential. Yearly residential
Leadership training residential. For youth forum members
Further evidence of their work can be found on the following links:
Please click on the images below to view the flyers
NHS BSL Videos
BSL Signed Web Resource Library
From Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust