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More readable information demanded by blind people

A group of blind and partially sighted people has lobbied hospital bosses in Nottingham for more information to be provided in an accessible format.

Campaigners want it be made available in forms like large print or Braille.

Research from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) showed many did not receive documents from the NHS in a format they could read.

An NHS spokeswoman said they were committed to ensuring there was accessible information available.

Missed appointments

Research from RNIB's Losing Patients campaign report found almost 72% of blind and partially sighted people were unable to read information from their GP.

Nearly a quarter of people said they had missed hospital appointments because letters had not been sent in a form they could read.

Many reported problems reading labels on medication and safety notices.

Campaigners have pointed out that providing information in an accessible format has been law for 12 years.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said it was working with local networks and the RNIB.

Spokeswoman Katie Moore said: "We are committed to making sure that we have accessible information available for these people.

"We have already appointed a patient information officer, we are looking at the range of information that we actually do provide and we do have it available on request in different formats throughout the organisation."


Campaigners want health bosses to make information available in forms like large print or Braille

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