This accessibility statement applies to www.elht.nhs.uk.

This website is run by East Lancashire 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.

 

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

 

How accessible this website is

 

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

 

the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window

you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text

most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

live video streams do not have captions

some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard

you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page

 

Feedback and contact information

 

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

 

email webmaster@elht.nhs.uk

call 01254 733618

 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

 

If you cannot view the map on our contact us page, call or email us for directions.

 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

 

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

Communications and Engagement team

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Haslingden Road

Blackburn

Lancashire

BB2 3HH

email webmaster@elht.nhs.uk   

call 01254 733618

 

or contact our website administrator

 

Sally Davies

Communications Specialist

Email sally.davies@elht.nhs.uk

Call 01254 733618

 

Enforcement procedure

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

 

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

 

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

 

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

 

Find out how to contact us.

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

 

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

 

Compliance status

 

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

 

Non-accessible content

 

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

 

accessibility problems

 

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

 

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by November 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

 

Disproportionate burden

 

Navigation and accessing information

 

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

 

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

 

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

 

Interactive tools and transactions

 

Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

 

We are working with our website provider to improve navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We hope to have most issues rectified by December 2020

 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

 

PDFs and other documents

 

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By November 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

 

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix [example of non-essential document].

 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

 

Live video

 

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

 

This statement was prepared on 1 October 2020. It was last reviewed on 1 October 2020.

 

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by Silktide.

You can read the full accessibility test report here