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Accessibility

We have a variety of accessible services within our Trust and are dedicated to developing and improving our facilities so that we are accessible to everyone in the community.

Web Site Accessibility - Browser Settings

Text Size
Some visitors may find it necessary to increase or decrease the size of the text on our site. This can be achieved by holding down the 'Ctrl' key (for Windows), or 'Cmd' key (for Apple Mac), then pressing + or - to alter the text size up or down respectively. If you have an older browser you can use the 'View' menu and highlight the 'Text Size' option.  You can also click the 'A' letters at the top of each web page to resize the text.

Colour
Some visitors may find it necessary to change the website display colour / have a greater colour contrast. This can be achieved by using the ‘view’ menu and highlighting the ‘colour’ option, or highlighting the appropriate ‘C’ icon at the top of each web page.

Audio
The site offers Browse Aloud integration which means that the text on the web pages can be read back using the Browse Aloud screen reader software.

As part of our ongoing development, the patient information leaflets are available in the following formats via this website.
 Audio - Audio document (will automatically play using a PC/Mac Media Player) 
 High Contrast - High contrast web page (black text against yellow background)

They are also available in Braille and on Audio CD upon request. Please call the Patient Information Administrator 01942 773106 for Braille or Audio CD versions of the leaflets.

Translation
A ‘Google Translate’ function for multi-lingual translations of the text on the site into any of the alternative languages offered by Google.


 

Patients with Mobility Needs

Wheelchair Access
All hospital and out-patient clinic reception entrances are suitable for wheelchairs. There are disabled toilets in key locations around the hospital and out-patient clinics.

Wheelchair Assistance
Wheelchair assistance is available on request. Wheelchair assistance can be arranged at the Volunteers Desk on arrival at the hospital / out-patient clinics. Alternatively you can contact the ward / department you are attending, prior to your visit.

Motorised Scooters
Motorised scooters are allowed within the hospital / out-patient clinics.

Disabled Parking
Disabled parking is available on all hospital sites.

Mobility Aids
Mobility aids are available within the hospital.  This includes bariatric beds, wheelchairs, manual hoists, hoist slings, tri wheel walkers, walking sticks, walking frames, crutches and commodes which are all available on request.  There is no charge for mobility aids.

On-line Disabled Information Guide:
Please visit the Disabledgo Website, for a more detailed summary about what disabled access and facilities we provide:

http://www.disabledgo.com/en/org/wrightington-wigan-and-leigh-nhs-f


 

Patients with Hearing Impairments

British Sign Language Interpreters
The Trust provides Sign Language Interpreters and Lip Readers for the hearing impaired.

Hearing Loops
Hearing Loops are available on all main reception desks in key locations around the hospitals and out-patient clinics.

Appointment Reminder Text Messaging Service
A Text Messaging Service was implemented in November 2011 to remind patients about their forthcoming appointments and subsequently reduce the number of appointments not attended.

Cancelling or Re-scheduling Hospital Appointments on-line
Patients are able to cancel or reschedule their appointments via the Trust’s Website.  This new facility enables patients to notify the Trust if they are unable to attend an appointment for any reason via on-line.

Improving Access – On-line Appointments Booking Service
We understand that some of our patients may have difficulty in contacting us by telephone to arrange an appointment. If you are hearing impaired or speech impaired or unable to use a telephone, you can now arrange your appointment on-line via the link below:

Internal link Arrange Your Appointment on-line


Patients with Visual Impairments

Assistance Dogs
Assistance dogs may accompany you during your visit, but please give the hospital staff as much notice as possible so they can accommodate this.   Please note, Assistance Dogs are not allowed into direct multi-patient clinical areas, such as wards, due to infection control and other reasons.

Staff are usually asked to accommodate a side room or visiting area for patients that require an assistance dog or people visiting with an assistance dog.

Patient Information / Correspondence in Alternative Formats
Patient Information / correspondence can be made available in large print, audio, braille and other languages on request.  Please call the Patient Information Administrator on 01942 773106 or email translation.services@wwl.nhs.uk


Tell us about your needs/special requirements
Please telephone the number on your appointment letter / notify our hospital staff if you have any special needs or mobility problems. We may need to make special arrangements to ensure your visit is as straightforward as possible.
  • Are you disabled / have mobility problems?
  • Are you hearing / visually impaired?
  • Use special equipment?
  • Need written information in large print or audio?

The more you can tell us about your individual needs the more we can put in place to ensure those needs are met.

 

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