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Information about staying healthy is easy to come by if you are hearing, but very little is made available in sign language for Deaf people. That’s part of the reason that Deaf people are generally not as healthy as hearing people.
Many Deaf people find visiting the doctor a stressful experience, but it is vital that communication barriers don’t stop you from coming and interfere with your health. Before visiting us, be sure of what you want to ask and the help you want to get. Tell staff at the surgery that you are Deaf and need an interpreter and we will do our best to find one. We will also book you a double appointment so you do not feel rushed.
Hearing, visual and dual sensory loss specialists who can provide a wide range of services.
A report in BSL outlining how the health service is failing Deaf people
Expert advice about deafness and hearing loss, whether hearing aids could help you, and the truth about tinnitus. Plus loads of advice abot work, benefits and research.
We are the Deaf health charity SignHealth and we work across the country, trying to get Deaf people the same access to healthcare that hearing people have.
Deaf people can text the emergency services on 999, but only if your phone is registered for the service in advance. Don’t wait until you need to call, it will be too late, do it now.
Get an eConsult response
within 24 hours
Medical Care when we are closed
NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.