|BSL Health Access, the service run by charity SignHealth, that allows people reliant upon the use of British sign language to use an interpereter when communicating with medical professionals, is set to close by April, due to a lack of funding. |
In March 2020, as lockdown came into effect and services across the country switched to phone consultations, Deaf people needed a solution fast to address this new barrier to healthcare in the UK. The Deaf health charity SignHealth launched a free on-demand 24/7 remote interpreting service called BSL Health Access, in partnership with the company, InterpreterNow, to enable Deaf people access to medical services over the phone, free of charge.
To find out more about the closure, and to sign a petition to help save this much needed service, head over to signhealth, linked below.