Browsing All posts tagged under »nhs«

The Secret Deafie: How many deaf old people are left frightened and confused at the lack of communication while in hospital?

April 10, 2014


Donna Williams’ and Matt Dixon’s recent posts have inspired me to talk about my mother to mark the second anniversary of her death. In the last few years of her life her increasingly frequent visits to hospital coincided with age-related hearing loss , which made it increasingly difficult for her to communicate with medical staff, […]

Emily Howlett: How reporting my hospital experience to the NHS made a real difference

April 7, 2014


A few months back, I found myself strapped to a spinal board in the back of an ambulance blue-flashing its way towards Accident and Emergency. It wasn’t for fun, I assure you. However, with the kind of extreme luck usually reserved for Lottery winners and those who accidentally buy a house next door to George […]

Matt Dixon: What did my dying dad think of the fact I had to interpret for him in hospital?

April 1, 2014


You might have seen an article about how I had to tell my deaf dad he was going to die. That article focused almost entirely on my frustrations with the NHS and how hard it can be to get a sign language interpreter; as my dad found out for himself as he battled the cancer […]

Donna Williams: SignHealth are right – my Mum, and other deaf people in hospital, deserve better

March 31, 2014


Last week, two articles on Limping Chicken made an impact on me. SignHealth’s research showing the lack of access to healthcare for deaf people and Jen Dodds’s brilliant call for unity are both incredibly relevant to me right now. I’ve been an admin for the Spit the Dummy Facebook group campaigning for a BSL Act for […]

Deaf News: House of Lords debate tonight on how the NHS is failing Deaf people

March 31, 2014


Following a shocking report on the health of deaf people, which was released last week by the Deaf health charity SignHealth, there will be a debate in the House of Lords today. The debate will look at ways of improving the health of deaf people. SignHealth’s Sick Of It report shows that Deaf people have […]

Read: Deaf couple angry with hospital over lack of interpreter during birth of son

January 20, 2014


The Guardian has published an article today detailing how a deaf couple were denied interpreting support during the birth of their son in London. Extract: A deaf couple have criticised a hospital for failing to provide them with a sign language interpreter during the traumatic birth of their son, which they say left them uninformed […]

Emily Howlett: The “absolutely, definitely booked” interpreter. Who didn’t exist…

January 10, 2014


Ah, that happy feeling you get when you walk past the letterbox and see you have post. That little flicker of warm humanity; somebody has taken the time to write me an actual, physical letter! The little dance down the hallway to retrieve the letter, wondering who it could be from. Endless possibilities; the Queen […]