Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Website accessibility

Using this website

This website is run by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation 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 also use an accessibility tool called ReciteMe. This 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 for more than 100 languages and many other features.

Click here to find out more about ReciteMe’s features and functionality, or read the ReciteMe user guide.

You can open the ReciteMe toolbar from any page on the site by clicking the icon in the bottom right hand corner.

How accessible is this website?

This website was built in 2014, so some parts of it do not now meet the standards of the latest accessibility guidelines: Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Please note that:

  • Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some of our videos don’t have captions
  • Some images don’t have alternative text describing what the image shows
  • Some buttons do not contain clear functional descriptions
  • Some forms do not contain clear or consistent form field descriptions
  • Some colour contrast issues exist (although users can alter colour display using the ReciteMe tool)

What actions are we taking?

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) is planning to merge with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) in April 2021.

As part of the merger, the websites of both trusts will be replaced by a single new, fully accessible site, which will be developed during 2021.

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