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NHS Fife aims to provide accessible services for all patients, carers and staff. Accessible services are an important element of providing person centred care and patient safety. Good communication suitable for all needs is vital.

NHS Fife has a duty of care to all patients in all settings; and providing accessible and supported communication for all communities. NHS Fife is committed to enabling and improving communication for Deaf communities during your time with us.

During Deaf Awareness week which runs between Monday 15th May to Sunday 21st May 2017 we will be promoting awareness of the work that NHS Fife does with local Interpretation and Deaf communication services, which provide support and interpretation for Deaf communities and patients across Fife.

We encourage patients and the public to be more involved in their care and the organisational developments of NHS Fife by being part of the Participation and Engagement Network.  

This week NHS Fife is launching two short British Language Signed information films for patients who are Deaf and who wish to access NHS Fife and Fife Primary Care Emergency Services.

During Deaf Awareness Week NHS Fife, Deaf Communication Service and Justsign Ltd will be running stalls in the following hospitals:

  • Monday 15thMay 2017, Reception Area, Victoria Hospital, 10 to 2pm
  • Wednesday 17thMay 2017, Reception Area, Queen Margaret Hospital, 10 to 2pm
  • Thursday 18thMay 2017, Reception Area, Glenrothes Hospital, 11 to 3.30pm

For more information contact the Equality and Human Rights Department on 01592 729130 ext 29130 or via email at