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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Library and Knowledge Services: Covid-19 information in alternative formats

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Covid-19 information in alternative formats

This page is for resources about Covid-19 / coronavirus in alternative formats.

It will be updated on a regular basis.

If you would like to suggest resources that we have missed, please email us.

Gloucestershire Hospitals Resources

Easy Read leaflets
The Gloucestershire Hospitals Learning Disability Nurses have created some leaflets in Easy Read for our patients:

My Health Passport

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Easy Read My Health Passport (PDF) for taking with you when you visit the hospital

Communication tips

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has produced guidance for communicating with people who have sight and / or hearing loss. The two-page PDF can be downloaded below.

Action on Hearing Loss have also produced a best practice guide for communicating with coronavirus patients who have hearing loss.

CARDMEDIC - flashcards for ward use

CARDMEDIC flashcard collection

"CARDMEDIC was inspired by a news article on a patient surviving COVID-19 after an admission to a UK Intensive Care Unit, where he described feeling terrified of not being able to understand what his healthcare providers were saying, due to the limitations of communicating through Personal Protective Equipment (face masks, visors, hoods etc).

CARDMEDIC is a free to use collection of communication flashcards designed to break through the PPE barrier, improving transfer of vital information from frontline healthcare professionals to unwell and critically ill patients."

Communication charts

Critical Care Covid-19 Communication Chart: To help patients communicate in hospital and critical care

This symbol board was created to help medical staff to communicate quickly and easily with patients who are critically ill due to Covid-19. It was developed by the Speech and Language Therapy team at Weston General Hospital and Widgit.

It is available in lots of different languages, including Welsh and Arabic.

British Sign Language (BSL) resources

General information

Police powers
BSL videos produced by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and the Police Link Officers for Deaf People (PLOD UK)

News updates

Mental health and wellbeing

Easy Read resources

Social Stories

Social stories can be used with autistic adults and children to share information.

Wordless resources

The following are wordless stories. They contain only pictures, with a worded guide to using them at the back. All four are produced by the charity Books Beyond Words:

Makaton resources

Videos produced by Alex Kelly from Speaking Space:

  • COVID-19: "A short video helping those with communication difficulties understand how to stay safe (United Kingdom guidelines). Alex Kelly uses Makaton and symbols to help explain 5 important things to remember".
  • Lockdown story - A social story using Makaton signs and symbols: "In this video, Alex uses Makaton signs and symbols to describe what the lockdown means, and what we can do to stay safe".

Resources produced by The Makaton Charity: