Reference 2017-355

REF:            2017-355

Subject:        BSL interpreters

          

 

Request:

  1. How many BSL interpreters are available at each of your hospitals to attend 999 callouts involving deaf people, and to translate for patients inside hospital (please state the number of interpreters and the name of each hospital, if possible)?
  2. If BSL interpreters areavailable, how much did these cost last year (January to December)?
  3. If BSL interpreters are notavailable, what policies or procedures do your hospitals have regarding dealing with emergencies and treatment concerning deaf BSL users?
  4. The list of hospitals in which you operate as an organisation.

 

 

Response:

1. How many BSL interpreters are available at each of your hospitals to attend 999 callouts involving deaf people, and to translate for patients inside hospital (please state the number of interpreters and the name of each hospital, if possible)? All BSL interpretation is provided by an external provider (St Helen’s Deaf Resource centre) which includes access to out of hours interpretation if required.  In the 16/17 financial year the trust spent £22,207.50 on BSL interpretation provision.
2. If BSL interpreters are available, how much did these cost last year (January to December)?
3. If BSL interpreters are not available, what policies or procedures do your hospitals have regarding dealing with emergencies and treatment concerning deaf BSL users?
4. The list of hospitals in which you operate as an organisation.