09/11/2020 – BSL – The government gave details of a new vaccine, which may be able to prevent more than 90% of people from getting coronavirus
29/10/2020 – Lights, camera, action – health staff help spread vital messages in foreign language videos
A series of four foreign language videos featuring hospital staff talking about important health issues has been issued to reassure people who need to attend for appointments and surgery that it’s safe to do so.
The films are in Polish, Nepalese, Portuguese and Swahili and more are planned in other languages including Arabic and Punjabi. They are aimed at people who are still reluctant to attend for important hospital appointments or operations because they are worried about Covid and feel they may be a burden on NHS staff or that they may catch Covid.
The films outline the measures being taken to keep people safe and looked after when they come into hospital.
06/10/2020 – RBH Launches Foreign Language Videos
A series of foreign language videos featuring hospital staff talking about important health issues has been launched today.
Four films in Polish, Nepalese, Portuguese, and Swahili have been made with clinicians and other health care staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Further languages including Arabic and Punjabi are to be added to the list over the next few weeks.
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29/09/2020 – New guidance in Easy Read Format
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21/07/2020 – Face covering guidance in easy read format
Please click here or on the image below to read face covering guidance from Mencap, in easy read format.
15/07/2020 – The latest NHS guidance on COVID-19 has been translated into 60 different languages in both audio and written formats.
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What is opening in July – Easy Read
Help protect others by using Face Covering – Easy Read
Advice on how to make face coverings can be found here
How to install and use zoom
Click here to download a PDF guidance to using zoom and you can also watch the videos below.
Pregnancy and Coronavirus (BSL) – NHS
This animation sets out what pregnant women should expect from NHS maternity services during the coronavirus. Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer, and Dr Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity for the NHS in England explain what might change and why its important to keep in touch with your maternity team.
Coronavirus Update from SignHealth
‘The UK has had more deaths from coronavirus than any other country in Europe’.
The 2 Minute Daily Coronavirus Update – 5 May 2020
Covid -19 Easy Read Hospital Quick Passport
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16/04/2020 – On Demand Remote BSL Interpreting Service.
SignHealth have teamed up with InterpreterNow to provide a solution, to fill the gaps in BSL interpreter provision in health settings and provide on demand BSL interpreting when it’s really needed.
SignHealth has agreed to pay for the service so that it can begin immediately. Deaf people cannot wait.
When people wear PPE it makes communication and lip-reading impossible and Deaf people are being left frustrated and isolated. We need to be able to communicate with doctors and nurses.
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15/04/2020 – West Berkshire Council leaflet.
West Berkshire Councils leaflet, which gives information to help keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic and tells you about help available from West Berkshire Council, is now available in Hindi, Urdu and Portuguese.
14/04/2020 – Books Beyond Words resources to support people
Books Beyond Words is a charity that provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. They have produced four Free resources to support people through the coronavirus pandemic. These are free – but you still have to follow the process of ordering them. If you are interested in doing so, you can click here or on the image below.
07/04/2020 – Updated NHS Guidelines on Coronavirus translated now into 43 different languages
The complete list: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, German. Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kiswahili, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Oromo, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish.
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Coronavirus update from SignHealth
31/03/2020 – NHS Guidelines on coronavirus translated
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Information now includes lockdown guidelines: English, Amharic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, French, Simplified Chinese, Greek, Gurjarati, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Sindhi, Spanish, Turkish
31/03/2020 – Prime Ministers Letter to the nation in easy read
26/03/2020 – The Ineqe Safeguarding group have created a resource that could be used to explain Coronavirus to children with special needs.
24/03/2020 – Photosymbols easy read Coronavirus posters
- Poster 1 – How to stay safe
- Poster 2 – Health issues
- Poster 3 – What if you get ill?
- Poster 4 – Staying at home
- Poster 5 – Please don’t spread it
- Poster 6 – You must stay at home
Click the links above or the image below to see the posters.
24/03/2020 – Mencap has produced an easy read coronavirus leaflet which you can read by clicking the image below.
Inclusion North has produced an easy read leaflet, along with an audio copy.
Visit their website to access the audio version. Click the image below to read the leaflet.
24/03/2020 – Coronavirus update from Royal Association For Deaf People
Keeping Informed and In Touch during Coronavirus
Learning Disability England has dedicated a space on their website to sharing information and resources about the virus and what you can to do to stay safe and well, and how people are staying connected and finding solutions.
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SignHealth has translated advice and information from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
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11/03/2020 – Hand Washing Tips for People With Sensory Difficulties
Hand washing is crucial in reducing the risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but people with difficulties with sensory integration or sensory processing can experience aversion to the smells, images, sounds and the tactile sensations of hand washing; have problems with balance, tone or coordinating their hand movements; or not understand the step-by-step process of hand washing. Any kind of soap is really good at killing the virus. People can use whichever soap they find easiest, and some people may find an alcohol-based hand gel best.