We are committed to complying with the Disability Discrimination Act and have made significant improvements to our website in order to reduce the barriers experienced by people with disabilities. By following Government guidelines, it is our policy to create pages to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Priority 2-Level (Double A).
If you find any of our pages inaccessible, please use the Website Feedback Form to let us know. Please include details of the technology you are using and we will make every reasonable effort to either remove the barrier or provide the information in a format that you find acceptable.
Visitors can listen to this website with BrowseAloud, which is free to website visitors and can be easily downloaded from the BrowseAloud Website.
BrowseAloud makes websites accessible to those who require online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. It works by reading web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice. The user simply hovers their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.
What will BrowseAloud do for me?
Reads web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice (Includes websites, intranets, extranets, html, accessible Flash, alt tags)
Reads secure web pages
Reads PDF and Word documents in their original format
Highlights each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
Magnifies text to your chosen font size and font style
Translates word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Looks up accurate dictionary definitions
Converts text to MP3
Masks information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area
Interpreting and Translation Services
Southern Health uses Access to Communications to provide a range of services including:
Face-to-face interpreting (approximately 30-35 languages) and Telephone interpreting (any language)
Translations of medical, legal and technical documents are undertaken in most languages to high quality standards and tight deadlines.
A scheme to undertake the cultural needs (e.g. religious, ethical beliefs and language) of Black and Minority Ethnic inpatients’ so they can be incorporated into their care plan to improve patient experience.
You can contact Access to Communications on 023 8082 5301.
For more information, contact our Equality and Diversity lead, Ricky Somal.
If you have difficulty in using a mouse or similar devices, you can use keyboard shortcuts. We follow the government's access key system. The keyboard shortcuts are:
0 - Access key details
1 - Home page
3 - Site Map
4 - Search
6 - Privacy
7 - Website Disclaimer
8 - Terms & Conditions
9 - Contact us
S - Skip navigation
How do I use the access keys for my browser?
Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key, then press ENTER.
Internet Explorer 4: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.
Internet Explorer 5+ for Mac: Hold down the CTRL key and select the number/letter of the access key
Internet Explorer 4.5 for Mac: Access keys are not supported.
Netscape 6+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.
Netscape earlier versions: Access keys are not supported.
Mozilla: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.
If the text is too small for you to read comfortably then you can resize it. Instructions are given for major browsers below:
Internet Explorer 4:
Choose View > Internet Options > Accessibility, and check the Ignore font sizes option specified on Webpages Options. Click OK twice, and then you can alter the text size using the View >Text Size option.
Internet Explorer (version 5 and later):
Choose Tools > Internet Options > Accessibility, and check the Ignore font sizes option specified on Webpages Options. Click OK twice, and then you can alter the text size using the View >Text Size option.
Select the keys CTRL and + (From menu: View, Text Size, Increase) together to increase text size and CTRL and - to reduce it (From menu: View, Text Size, Decrease).
All other browsers:
You should be able to resize the text directly from the menu bar. Please see your specific browser help pages if you are having difficulty.
Low graphics pages
Although not strictly text-only, these pages are quicker to download and useful if you don't need the images or if you are on a slow connection.
Where possible, we try to provide downloadable documents in different formats including PDF and Rich Text format.
If you have difficulties obtaining information from a PDF, you can use Adobe's web-based conversion service to produce an HTML version. However, please be aware that the standard of HTML produced is not very good.
We appreciate that it is frustrating to be unable to access information. Please bear with us whilst we continue to work on improving the accessibility of our site.
If any downloadable document presents a barrier to accessing information, please contact us with details of the document in question, the problems encountered and what we could do to help.