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New communications service for deaf people

Posted Jul 03 2009 2:51pm

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Deaf and foreign language patients at the Royal United Hospital will be helped by a pioneering new communications service.

The RUH, Bath, is working with Sign Health, a national charity for deaf people, to offer a service called Sign Translate to patients.

This will give profoundly deaf patients online access to a fully trained interpreter who translates the consultation. Sign Translate also converts more than 500 medical questions into British Sign Language video clips for a deaf patient.

These questions are also available in 12 foreign languages.

Consultant respiratory physician Dr Andrew Alexander, who has a deaf daughter, has been the driving force behind bringing the system to the RUH.

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