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AccessAble and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust launch new Accessibility Guide

Combined acute and community health provider becomes the latest of over 80 NHS Trusts to partner with AccessAble; the UK’s leading provider of detailed disabled-access information.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has worked with AccessAble to create Detailed Access Guides to facilities, wards, and departments at Rotherham Hospital.

The Guides are 100 per cent facts, figures and photographs to help patients, visitors and staff plan their journeys to and around the hospital, covering everything from parking facilities and hearing loops, to walking distances and accessible toilets.

We know everyone’s accessibility needs are different, which is why having detailed, accurate information is so important. It’s why all of the details you’ll find in the Guide have been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors.

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Dr Gregory Burke, Founder and Chair of AccessAble, said:

“We are delighted to launch this new Accessibility Guide to The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Our partnership recognises the Trust’s commitment to providing great patient experience for disabled people. 

We know that visiting a hospital can increase anxiety and not being able to find out about the facilities available can really add to that. Our Guides provide part of the solution to reduce missed appointments, giving the information people need about accessibility, so they plan their visit and feel confident about what to expect.”

Dr Richard Jenkins, Interim Chief Executive at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are proud to have invested in this important project. Over a fifth of the population has a disability and many disabled people plan their journeys to hospital appointments in advance to avoid accessibility issues. The AccessAble Guides will help disabled people find out how accessible our services are and enable them to contact us if they are likely to need additional support.

Visiting hospital can be a stressful experience and the Guides will enable people to plan and see photos of the area they’re visiting before their appointment. This will help to reduce their anxiety, which itself can have an impact on their health outcomes.”

 

You can view The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Accessibility Guide here: https://www.accessable.co.uk/the-rotherham-nhs-foundation-trust

It is also available via the AccessAble App which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, giving you accessibility information at your fingertips during your hospital visit.

The information to The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust joins over 70,000 places already covered across the UK, making www.AccessAble.co.uk a great tool not only for planning a hospital visit, but also a day out or trip away.

For more information about the project, please contact Chantelle Kavanagh, Partnerships Manager at AccessAble on 01438 842710, or email [email protected].

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