Accessible Communication

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Accessible Communication  Equality Delivery System

Making our communications and information accessible to you

In order to ensure all our patients have a positive experience of the Trust it is important that we understand and meet individual needs. Part of this is making sure that information is provided in a format that is suitable to the patient, their family and carers.


We want everyone who visits the Bridgewater website to feel welcome and be able to find the information they need. To help with this the website uses Browsealoud, a free tool for patients to use to read, listen to, or translate the information given on the website.

The Browsealoud Patient Leaflet shows you how to use the Browsealoud tool, or you can follow the instructions given below:

To use Browsealoud, click on the orange headphone picture in the top right-hand side of the page. This will open the Browsealoud toolbar.


The toolbar looks like this:


By clicking on one of the icons you can use the following features:

Speak1 Speak mode – starts reading the page out loud, in English or in the language you have chosen using the translate feature, icon below.

Speak Speak the current selection – in English or in the language you have chosen using the translate feature, icon below.

Translate Translate page – into other languages such as Polish or Urdu. Once the translate feature is in use the other features will work in your chosen language.

MP3 MP3 maker – converts selected text into an audio file in English or in the language you have chosen using the translate feature, icon above.

Screen Mask Screen mask – blocks distractions on the page using a tinted mask.

Magnifier Text magnifier – enlarges text and reads it aloud in English or in the language you have chosen using the translate feature, icon above.

Settings Settings – allows you to customise the Browsealoud features to suit your personal preferences.

Help Help – provides more information on the features available on Browsealoud.

Documents on a webpage

To open a document on a Trust webpage with Browsealoud you first need Browsealoud open on the main webpage. Then when you click on a link to a document you will get the following screen message. Click on ‘Use Browsealoud’:

Use Browsealoud

The document should open as follows and the Browsealoud functions can be used as needed:


The following example shows the leaflet translated into Filipino:


The NHS Accessible Information Standard

The NHS Accessible Information Standard tells organisations how they should make sure that service users, carers and parents receive information in formats that they can understand and the appropriate level of support to help them to communicate.

This means that if you have a disability or sensory loss such as sight or hearing loss, information like appointment letters should be provided in a format that meets your needs rather than being provided in standard print. Also if you have communication needs that mean you need support in appointments this should be provided for you.

As part of the Standard there are five things the Trust must do:

  1. Ask if you have any information or communication needs and what we need to do to meet them
  2. Record what these needs are on your patient record
  3. Highlight these needs on your patient record so that they clearly explain to staff every time what they need to do to meet your needs
  4. Share these needs with other teams or organisations with your permission
  5. Act to meet you needs when we are in contact with you

More information can be found in this audio file and in this BSL video with subtitles from NHS England or in this easy read booklet from CHANGE.

What can you do to help us?

If you have an information or communication need, the next time you contact us tell us about this need and ask us to record it in your patient record. You can also use this About Me form that asks you to identify your needs, please complete and send to the service you are intending to see.

Language Interpretation and Translation

Many people who use our services do not have English as a first language and they are entitled to access interpretation and translation services to ensure they can fully participate in their own health care and choices. 

We can provide interpreters for patients and their families when they use our services or we can arrange for printed information to be translated for them.

Contact us: 

If you need any information from the Trust in another language or format please either contact the service you are using if you query is related to service specific information, or the Patient Services Team for general Trust information:

Telephone Number: 0800 587 0562

TextRelay: 18001 0800 587 0562



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