Safe and Sound – The Uk’s First Deaf Healthy Living Centre!

Health Deafinitions are excited to be opening the Uk’s First Deaf Health Living Centre. Its aim is to provide a service that improves the health and wellbeing of Deaf Community in South Yorkshire. Our unique services will help residents in preventing worsening health and isolation of deaf people, reducing missed appointment rates, and reducing treatment rates for deaf patients. We will provide drop-in and one-stop-shop for Deaf people that will reflect the community’s needs. This will include the provision of health education in the following areas; Heart health, healthy eating, activity, stop smoking, mental health, pregnancy, childhood illnesses and immunisations, this can also include Medical Language training and support pre appointment. We will be able to talk to the community about how to use NHS Choices, NHS 111, and online tools for health. The Community can benefit from learning about how to access and use their own patient records and will be supported with a team of medically-aware BSL interpreters when needed for health appointments. Each user will be given a self-assessment record of each individual’s health, and their level of understanding/knowledge. The link Health Deafinitions has with the local Deaf community means that we are able to find out the health needs of our community and adjust our services to match.  Health Deafinitions welcome GP referrals of Deaf patients.