Need it to Read it

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Need It to Read It Campaign

All health and adult social care providers in England are now required to provide medical information in a format that blind and partially sighted people can easily access.This was introduced in July of 2016.

This is due to the NHS England  and the Accessible Information Standard which means that anyone providing a service on behalf of NHS England or adult social care must provide information in a format that all patients can access.

This demonstrates a big change in patient communication across the NHS, allowing people who are blind and partially sighted to manage their own health with the same level of privacy and independence as sighted people. This means appointment letters, leaflets, letters regarding treatment and conditions as well as the dispensing labels on prescriptions all will be available in a format that is useable by all.

If you need your NHS information in an alternative format, or know someone who does, your GP will need to be officially notified about which format suits you best. Below is the link to notify your GP.


Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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