11 May 2018 (VOL 15 WEEK 20)
Update on our service.
To see this update in Irish Sign Language (ISL), go to https://www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf/videos/712837456131868/
Just a reminder that we are continuing to provide services to our deaf and hard of hearing customers. We are accepting queries via video calls, email, text, letter, Facebook etc.
For vulnerable customers, house calls can also be arranged. To prevent any risk of Covid-19, we remain outside the house and practice social distancing at all times. As a precaution, we also carry hand sanitiser / face masks / clear visors with us on all house calls and use them if and when required.
In the meantime, we are also making changes in our office so we are ready to re-open when advised by the Government. We are screening off our reception area, installing hand hygiene stations and marking out 2 meter (6 feet) social distancing markers for all staff and service users. We hope this will help to keep everyone safe when we finally re-open to the public.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm and Fri 10am - 1pm).
Deaf volunteer service.
If you know of any deaf person that would appreciate a deaf sign language user to visit them, a volunteer service has been set up nationally. In Co. Kerry, Bernadette O'Connor is the trained volunteer.
To get more information on the service, you can text Frankie Berry on 087 940 0333.
News from our sign language interpreters in Co.Kerry.
Just in case you missed our Facebook announcement, we would like to congratulate 2 sign language interpreters from Co. Kerry, Catherine White and Veronica White on joining 'Interpreter Now' on their new ISL (Irish Sign Language) Interpreting team for Northern Ireland!!
Interpreter Now in their press release stated "A very talented team that bring a great deal of skill and experience with them, we couldn't be more proud to have them as part of the team".
And for people in Co. Kerry, Catherine and Veronica will remain in Co. Kerry. 'Interpreter Now' is an online interpreting service whereby deaf and hearing people link in with the interpreters via a computer, phone or tablet.
For more information on Interpreter Now, go to https://www.facebook.com/interpreternow/
GP / Doctors available By Video Call.
If you need to chat with your GP/Doctor on any medical issues, medical professionals are asking people not to ignore other important medical issues during the Covid-19 outbreak. GPs and Dr's are accepting video calls with sign language interpreters.
The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is also reminding anyone with signs and symptoms of cancer to contact their GP. Cancer services are still open for patients. They would like you to share any concerns with your GP/ Dr so they can assess and what decide what action is required.
To see a subtitled video from NCCP, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch
If you need an interpreter for your GP/ Dr, don't forget the HSE will pay for interpreters and they can be booked directly, via our service or interpreting services such as Bridge Interpreting or SLIS.