Tackling health inequalities
SignTranslate - award-winning web-based communication tool to allow doctors to communicate with deaf patients
This is ongoing.
Charity information: SignHealth
Deaf people are often forced to rely on friends or relatives to interpret a doctor's diagnosis. Being unable to communicate with their GP is a situation that hundreds of people face daily in the UK, simply because they are deaf.
Our award-winning, web-based system, SignTranslate, has been developed to allow doctors and their Deaf patients to effectively communicate with each other when an interpreter is unable to travel to the surgery, or in an emergency. SignTranslate enables GPs and their Deaf patients to connect to an online interpreter via webcam and phone. Consequently patients can be treated without delay, thus avoiding the ongoing confusion, misdiagnosis and inappropriate use of family members.
Improve Deaf awareness in healthcare settings
Activities» Deaf ambassadors will provide comprehensive deaf awareness training to healthcare professionals to improve Deaf people's experiences.
Continue to develop SignTranslate
Activities» By using an interpreter online, via a webcam, medical staff can communicate directly to their Deaf patients.
Raise awareness in Deaf communities
Activities» We are working to recruit regional Deaf ambassadors to promote SignTranslate at Deaf events and local/regional Deaf clubs/organisations.
We are always happy to report back to donor organisations on the progress of our projects.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £50,000 SignTranslate SignTranslate
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount 27 regional grant-making Trusts £48,730 Guaranteed Nominet Trust £27,000 Guaranteed Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
Deaf people who need improved access to communication from GP or hospital.
As the national healthcare charity for Deaf people, our concern is for the physical and mental wellbeing of this minority group. Our programme includes improving Deaf people's access to appropriate health services and information.
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'Doctor not sign - no communication. Now there interpreters online, so can tell doctor what wrong through interpreter'