Accessibility

Using this website

This website is run by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

To help further we use a tool called ReciteMe. ReciteMe is an accessibility tool that allows you to customise the site so it works for you.  It includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages and many other features.

To read more about the features and functionality of Recite read the user guide.

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How accessible this website is

This site was built in 2016 to be AA compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). However, we know that some parts of this website aren’t now fully accessible as per the latest guidelines, Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Please note that:

  • most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our existing videos don’t have captions
  • some images don’t have alternative text of what the image shows
  • some buttons do not contain clear functional descriptions
  • some content displayed in a tabbed format is not accessible using keyboard alone
  • some forms do not contain clear or consistent form field descriptions
  • some colour contrast issues exist (however users can alter colour display using the ReciteMe tool)

We are continuing to resolve these issues and will have released them to the website when they are complete.

What actions are we taking

For PDF documents published after 23 September 2018 that are essential for patient care, we are creating HTML equivalents.  We understand that the regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, if they’re not essential to providing our services. However, if you need information in an alternative format, email bsuh.equality@nhs.net

All video content published after 23 September 2020 will contain captions.

We are working to resolve all identified accessibility issues which are within our control and will release them as soon as solutions are available.

Please note that planning is underway to merge Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT). As a result, our current websites will be deprecated and a new fully accessible website for the new Trust will be developed during 2021.

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020, and will be reviewed every 6 months.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact bsuh.communications@nhs.net.

How we tested this website

This website was tested by completing a manual audit using the .gov.uk guidance on doing a basic accessibility check; this included using the WAVE tool and the Siteimprove accessibility checker.

Exclusions

Please note that microsites that have been developed by third party developers that do not follow the template of this site (even if they carry the BSUH logo) may not be accessible.

More help and resources

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability:

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