How accessible is your hospital?

Monday, September 5, 2016 | information

The University of Bristol Centre for Disability Studies is doing some research about how hospitals in England make changes, or ‘reasonable adjustments’, to their services so that disabled people are not disadvantaged when accessing healthcare. Examples of reasonable adjustments include: providing a ramp entrance, a loop hearing system, or longer appointment times, as well as sending letters in easy-read format or large print.

They are interested in hearing about disabled people’s experiences of reasonable adjustments and are currently looking for people who would like to be interviewed about their experiences. They would like to know how hospital services have provided reasonable adjustments to meet your needs, as well as learning about what has worked well, and what could have been better.

The interview will take about an hour, and they can either come and talk with you in person or talk to you over the telephone. All disabled people who take part in this interview will be offered a £20 gift voucher.

To be able to take part, we ask that you self-identify as a disabled person, are aged 18 or over, and have attended, or been admitted to any hospital in England in the last two years.

If you are interested in taking part in the project, or would like more information, please contact either Dr Stuart Read: stuart.read@bristol.ac.uk, 0117 331 0471; or Victoria Mason: victoria.mason@bristol.ac.uk, by Friday 30th September 2016.

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