At London City Smiles, we’re big on inclusivity. That’s why we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Islington Council and their Sign Language Interpreting Services. We aim to make our practice more accessible for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals, so we can provide the highest possible dental care whatever your accessibility needs.
Sign Language Interpreting Services help make it more convenient for those with hearing impairments to communicate during appointments and, according to government statistics, there are 151,000 sign language users in the UK. For us, this means that all healthcare should cater to sign language users, in order to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. That’s why we’re thrilled that our dental clinic will be able to offer Sign Language Interpreting Services, thanks to Islington Council.
Booking an interpreter is couldn’t be more straightforward and can be done through the Sign Language Interpreting Services page on Islington Council’s website. Both face-to-face and videophone BSL interpreters are available, dependent on the situation and their availability. Utilising videophone technology has allowed the program to roll out on an even larger scale, and offer support to a far greater number of individuals. However, due to the fact that BSL interpreters are so in demand, it is recommended that you book your interpreter 2-4 weeks in advance of your visit to London City Smiles.
This service is not just restricted to dental services either – BSL interpreters are now available to book for NHS hospital appointments, GP practices, housing appointments, schools, and a whole range of other meetings or consultations. Ultimately, Islington Council’s Sign Language Interpreting Service is creating accessible services and easing the everyday difficulties faced by those who are hard of hearing, and we, at London City Smiles, are proud to be part of this.
For more information on the Sign Language Interpreting Service and how to book an interpreter, please visit the Islington Council website.