Deaf support in contacting Patient and Family Relations

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, and are unable or prefer not to use email you can:

  • talk to our Patient and Family Relations Team using Next Generation Text (NGT) or Text Relay
  • communicate with us using BSL live video interpreters

 Talk to us using Next Generation Text or Text Relay

You can make and receive phone calls using Next Generation Text (NGT). This free service uses a relay assistant to convert speech to text and vice versa. This way you’ll type what you want to say into your mobile phone, laptop, tablet or textphone. The relay assistant reads this out to the person on the end of the line and when the person replies, the relay assistant will convert this to text so you can read what they’ve said. If you’re already set up with NGT, this service is automatically linked to your phone number. If not, you can find out how to use the service at

Talk to us through live BSL interpreters

When you get in touch with us, you can talk to us in British Sign Language (BSL) using a live video interpreter. There is a service called Sign Live who are available 24/7 and provide RS/VRI services for community directory’s, allowing deaf people to call public sector organisations like the NHS for free. They can connect you instantly with interpreters and you don’t need to book calls in advance. For more information please visit: