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Your care, your way – Join Healthwatch’s new campaign
Clear, understandable information is important to help you make the right health and care decisions. Join our campaign and have your say on what needs to change.
Medical and healthcare information can be complex. But, if you’re disabled or have a sensory loss, you have a legal right to health and social care information in a way you understand, and communications support if you need it. So, for example, if you’re D/deaf, you should be able to use a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter at an appointment.
Even though the Accessible Information Standard has been a legal requirement since 2016, many NHS Trusts are not supporting equal access to care for deaf and blind patients.
That’s why we’ve launched a new campaign, ‘Your care, your way’ to ensure services are taking their duty seriously to provide information in a way that people understand.
The obstacles people face trying to access information they understand
The lack of support from services has a detrimental impact on people who need it most. The views of 6,200 people shared with Healthwatch show the incredible difficulties and obstacles people face trying to access the care they vitally need – leaving them frustrated, concerned about their health, and reliant on others.
Just a handful of examples people shared include:
Things need to change
Everyone should be told about healthcare in the way they need it. ‘Your care, your way’ aims to:
Have your say and join the campaign
“I feel forgotten, ignored and not taken seriously”
Student, Connor Scott-Gardner, who is blind and requires healthcare information in an electronic format as well as in Braille, said:
“Trying to get information about my own healthcare, in a format I can understand, has often been difficult. I can’t read letters that come through the post, or prescription medications. I feel forgotten, ignored, and not taken seriously. All I’m asking for is consistency, training on accessible information for staff – a few minor changes would make the world of difference to people like myself.”
What rights do you have?
If you have a disability, impairment or sensory loss, or are a parent or carer of someone who does, you should expect:
Find out more about your rights and support the campaign.