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Patients: Hearing Impairment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL11703, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the special needs of people with hearing loss in NHS hospitals when they are (1) acutely ill, and (2) at risk of death.

Answered on

11 January 2021

No such assessment has been made. However, all National Health Service hospitals are legally required to identify the support needs of patients with a disability, impairment or sensory loss and put in place reasonable adjustments to meet specific needs. This requirement, set out in the Accessible Information Standard, includes people with hearing loss.

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Department of Health and Social Care