Remote video sign language services are being rolled out for Sheffield patients that are deaf, helping to interpret in real time during hospital visits.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a three-year contract with SignLive to provide the video sign language service, with the option to extend another two years. The deal is believed to be the first time the video technology has been used for sign language services in the NHS.
Clinicians at the trust can use a dedicated laptop to create a video link with a SignLive sign language interpreter within 45 seconds without any prior appointment.
Andrew Tims, who heads the project at the trust, said there was shortage of face-to-face sign language interpreters available in the Sheffield area.
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