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ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION

The Accessible Information Standard (AIS) is a new NHS England information standard which must be implemented by all organisations that provide NHS or adult social care.  The AIS aims to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss receive information that they can access and understand, for example in large print, braille, professional communication support if they need it such as British Sign Language interpreter.

At Birchington Medical Centre we want to get better at communicating with our patients. We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you. If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know:

if you need information in braille, large print or easy read

if you need a British Sign Language interpreter or advocate

if we can support you to lip-read or use a hearing aid or communication tool

if you require an alternative language interpreter.

Please tell the receptionist when you arrive for your next appointment, or call us on 01843 848814 or email us at birchingtonmcom@nhs.net.  This information will be recorded on your medical record in a standardised way and highlighted to ensure we have information on your communication needs.  This information may be shared with other NHS and adult social care providers as part of existing data-sharing processes and as routine part of referral, discharge and handover.  This data-sharing is to support direct patient/ service user care, and is not for reporting or analysis.

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