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Need It To Read It

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After years of campaigning, from July this year, all healthcare providers in England must provide information in a format their patients can read.

This will enable blind and partially sighted people to manage their own health with the same levels of privacy and independence that sighted people may take for granted. 

If you require information in an alternative format, or know someone who does, the GP should be officially notified about which format is required.

Formats that should be available include large print as well as braille, audio versions (CD or tape), or email.

We are supporting the campaign launched by RNIB called 'Need it to Read it'.  This helps make the process easier, and ensure NHS organisations deliver the standard as fast as possible.

What is expected and by when

  • By 1 April 2016, healthcare providers must identify and record how their patients need to be communicated with. Whether they are visiting for the first time, or a regular user of the service.
  • By 31 July 2016, these records must be in place and all healthcare providers must provide information in a format their patients can read.

RNIB also have a template for a letter for people to send to their doctor which can be downloaded from their site.

If you cannot access the internet or do not have a printer then please contact us for assistance and speak to either Patrick or Kyle at SRSB.

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