Coronavirus Guidance in Accessible Formats and other languages

Posted December 10, 2021

10/12/2021 – Updated COVID rules in Easy Read 


01/12/2021 – Updated Coronavirus rules in Easy Read

To help stop the spread of the new Omicron covid-19 variant, face mask and self isolation rules have been updated. 

Click here or on the image above to read the details in Easy Read.

12/11/2021 – Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of Coronavirus

Click the links below to read the guidance.

If you are socialising indoors, remember to open a window for a few minutes every now and again to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The video above uses smoke to show how the virus can stay in an unventilated room.

11/10/2021 – Rapid Covid-19 testing information in easy read

Public Health England have produced leaflets in Easy Read going over Rapid Covid-19 testing, what it is, how to order a test, and what you need to do when you get the results of your test.

Click here or the image above to read the details.

30/07/2021 – Covid-19 translated advice and guidance

The guidance on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination free of charge has been translated into 40 different languages by the Department of Health and Social Care. These languages include, Romanian, French, Hindi, Polish, Pashto, Korean and many more.

Please click here or on the image above to access this translation.

30/04/2021 – How we will move slowly out of lockdown – easy read

An Easy Read version of the Governments plan to safely and gradually come out of lockdown has been produced.

This document contains some general guidance about staying safe during Covid, and highlights both previous and future steps of the Roadmap out of lockdown, with the next step being May 17th if all goes well, and the step afterwards being June 21st.

From May 17th “if things go well

– You will be able to meet who you like outdoors

– Restaurants, cafés and pubs will be able to serve people sitting at a table inside

– Up to 30 people will be able to go to weddings, funerals and events to remember someone.

Read the full details by clicking HERE.

23/04/2021 – Easy Read Lateral Flow Testing and Self-Testing instructions

Easy Read Testing Guidance has been produced showing what to expect if you go to a Test Station and do a lateral flow test. You can read this guidance by clicking here or the image above.

Easy Read self-test instructions have also been produced which you can read by clicking here.

12/04/2021 – Easy Read Coronavirus rules

Mencap have produced new Easy Read guidance on Coronavirus rules (updated 12th April)

Click here or the image above for the details.

26/03/2021 – Vaccine Guidance in a range of languages

Doctors of the World UK and British Red Cross have produced coronavirus vaccine guidance in English and a variety of other languages, so that everyone in the UK can access essential information on the vaccines.

Click here or on the image above for the details.


22/01/2021 – Coronavirus Vaccine easy read information from West Berkshire Mencap

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20/01/2021 – Information about vaccines for people with a learning disability and autistic people

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a film on vaccinations for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Click here or the image above to watch the video.

19/01/2021 – During national lockdown, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable have been advised to shield. 

Click here or the image above to read the guidance.

15/01/2021 – BSL Covid lockdown information

COVID-19 lockdown information announced this month has been published by Public Health England in British Sign Language.

See the video below for details.

12/01/2021 – Updated guidance letter for people Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in BSL

11/01/2021 – Easy Read Vaccination Information 

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 PolishNepalesePortuguese 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

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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.

Click here or the image above to read the full story.

29/09/2020 – New guidance in Easy Read Format


Click here or the image above to access the easy read information

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.

Click the image above for the details.

What is opening in July – Easy Read

Help protect others by using Face Covering – Easy Read

Anyone attending hospitals for outpatient appointments or as visitors, now need to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These are also needed on public transport.

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

Click the image above to see the guide in full.

Click on the image above for the full version.

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.
Click here or on the image below to read more information

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.

Please click on the image below for more information

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

Click the links above or the image below to see the posters.

Coronavirus Poster Set

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.

Click the image below to read more.

SignHealth has translated advice and information from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Click the icons below to read the guidance and other useful information.

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.

Click this image to read the details

NHS England has produced a video to help people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use the NHS 111 service: