Two workers at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals have started an initiative to teach sign language to staff.
Steven Hartman, who is a British Sign Language tutor, and Rev David Southall, the Chaplain, are running a 10-week course in British Sign Language for hospital staff.
British Sign Language (BSL) is used by 50,000 people in the UK and our Worcestershire hospitals see frequent visits from deaf patients for whom BSL is their first language.
BSL was recognised as a language in its own right by the UK Government in 2003 and it involves the movement of the hands, body, face and head. Many thousands of people who are not deaf also use BSL, either because they have deaf relatives or as a result of some contact with the British deaf community.
[?] No proof provided. Why would HEARING rely on sign at a hospital? (Unless the medicos have insisted relatives do a qualified interpreter's job for free!). How many DEAF attend that hospital? and what is the awareness of deaf that do not sign? They are left to it? 'Deaf' awareness is not deaf or hearing loss awareness, it is about a minority who sign not the majority that do not.
50,000 is an alleged number, not a proven statistic and one doubts they all go to that hospital, even the BDa promo area doesn't quote that figure, we do wish people who want to provide help to deaf at least researched what their needs were, and not quote dubious stats instead.
To date, not a single UK Hospital has responded to a request for statistics for deaf/HoH lip-readers or text users, why? because there is no provision at all?