A new sign language service designed to make it easier for deaf patients is to be rolled-out across hospitals in Sheffield. A new sign language service designed to make it easier for deaf patients is to be rolled-out across hospitals in Sheffield.
The Royal Hallamshire, Northern General and Charles Clifford Dental Hospitals will soon be the first NHS providers in the country to use the service on a routine basis, in the same way that telephone interpreting is used for spoken languages. SignLive works through a web browser on a computer or a downloaded app on a smart device and allows a direct connection to a qualified interpreter.
It is readily available as and when it is needed meaning a that deaf patients will have speedy access to a signer to help them communicate with hospital staff. It also eliminates the need to book interpreters in advance and means that patient appointments will not have to be cancelled where a face-to-face interpreter isn’t available.