NHS Tayside supports Deaf Awareness Week

Pictured from left - Yesmin Eva, volunteer admin assistant, Clinical Governance and Risk Management, NHS Tayside; Pammy Chima, interpretation and translation service project manager, NHS Tayside; Lorna Donnelly, NHS Tayside Vision and Hearing support worker; Jackie Black, audiology practitioner, Audiology NHS Tayside; and Samantha Batty, head of service, Audiology NHS Tayside.

Pictured from left - Yesmin Eva, volunteer admin assistant, Clinical Governance and Risk Management, NHS Tayside; Pammy Chima, interpretation and translation service project manager, NHS Tayside; Lorna Donnelly, NHS Tayside Vision and Hearing support worker; Jackie Black, audiology practitioner, Audiology NHS Tayside; and Samantha Batty, head of service, Audiology NHS Tayside.

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NHS Tayside is supporting Deaf Awareness Week (May 2-6) by hosting an information stand each day of the week at Ninewells Hospital.

Visitors, staff and patients visiting the hospital this week are invited to stop by the information stand on the main concourse where they can find out about information and services for people who are experiencing problems with their hearing or their eyesight.

The theme this year for Deaf Awareness Week is ‘Common Purpose’ and is an opportunity to raise awareness that one in six people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss. The campaign acknowledges the many different organisations that are collaborating and working together in this joint campaign.

The event at Ninewells is supported by NHS Tayside’s Audiology Service as well as various local groups and organisations to support the deaf and hearing impaired community. Groups include Deaf Links, Action on Hearing Loss, Perthshire Lipreading, Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Visitors to the stand will be able to pick up information leaflets, chat to an NHS Tayside Audiologist and NHS Tayside’s Vision & Hearing Support Worker as well as representatives from various organisations involved in supporting people with hearing loss.

Lorna Donnelly, NHS Tayside Vision and Hearing Support Officer, said: “NHS Tayside is promoting Deaf Awareness Week in partnership with local organisations. The week highlights the many organisations that are available to offer support to people who are deaf, have hearing loss or are having problems with their eyesight.”

For more information on activities taking place during Deaf Awareness Week, contact Tayside Deaf Hub by emailing sarah@deaflinks.org.uk or call 01382 201077.