What is SignVideo?Deaf BSL users can call us today from our unique practice SignVideo link on our Contact us page.
The service is free, however to access the service deaf clients must have access to their own videophone, laptop, PC, smartphone or tablet with their own data. SignVideo is a free service for deaf clients who use British Sign Language (BSL), which enables them to communicate with our veterinary practices either face-to-face in practice or via telephone via a videophone, laptop, PC, smartphone or tablet with video and sound. The service works using video calls connected to fully qualified BSL interpreters and enables deaf clients to communicate through SignVideo either by calling the practice from home or when they attend the practice for consultations, to pick up food, medication or for advice etc. You simply click on the SignVideo practice link on the Contact us page on our website or use the SignVideo App (see details below).
Who can use the service?The service is available to all deaf clients who can use BSL registered with the practice. New clients can access the service to book an initial appointment and/or for the purpose of registration with the practice.
Operating hoursSignVideo is an on–demand service, which is not pre-bookable. The service is available in our small animal, equine, and farm and referral hospitals in England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland, from 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. Please note that the SignVideo service operating hours may not cover all practice opening hours. You can check the opening hours on the Contact us page on our website. Every effort will be made to answer video calls quickly, if there is simultaneous demand, there may be a waiting time.
Equipment requiredTo use the SignVideo service, clients will need to check they meet the minimum system requirements:
How to contact the practice from homeSimply click on our practice SignVideo link on our Contact us page. You will connect to the SignVideo service and a live BSL interpreter. You can sign to the interpreter your reason for ringing the practice and the interpreter will make the call for you. The interpreter will speak to the practice receptionist and sign the receptionist’s responses to you, via the live video link, and pass on your responses and questions to the receptionist.
How to use the service in the practiceOn arrival, deaf clients can indicate to the receptionist that they wish to use this service. The client can use the SignVideo App on their device to connect to a live BSL interpreter and switch the loudspeaker on. The client will sign the purpose of their visit to the interpreter who will then speak to the receptionist. The interpreter will sign back the receptionist’s responses. If required, this two-way communication channel can be used in the consultation room too.
If you know someone who would benefit from this service, they can find a Healthy Pet Club or Horse Health Programme practice as follows:
Log on to the Find a Practice page on The Healthy Pet Club website. www.thehealthypetclub.co.uk/find-a-practice Click on the link to call the specific practice. All veterinary practices have SignVideo practice links on the Contact us page of their website.
Log on to the Find a Practice page on The Horse Health Programme website. www.horsehealthprogramme.co.uk/find-a-practice All veterinary practices have SignVideo practice links on the Contact us page of their website.
You can find a farm practice near you using our practice finder. www.cvsukltd.co.uk/practice-locator All farm practices have SignVideo practice links on the Contact us page of their website.
The service is available at our group of referral hospitals should your vet refer.
Look for our logos on the SignVideo App to locate a small animal or equine practice near you. To find out how to download the App, go to www.signvideo.co.uk/downloads
Deaf clients do not need to be a member of the Healthy Pet Club (HPC) or Horse Health Programme (HHP) to access the free SignVideo service. If a client would like to learn more about HPC or HHP or if you are a member already, you can contact the HPC/HHP contact centre using the SignVideo link on our Contact us page:
SignVideo service termsBy opting to use the SignVideo service, your use of it (“Service User”, “you”) will be deemed to have agreed to the following.
You may access the service if you have diagnosed hearing loss, can communicate in British Sign Language (“BSL”) and have access to a mobile device/computer with wireless internet access. In some circumstances, you may be able to use a mobile data connection, however any such data use will be at your own cost.
Use of the service in CVS veterinary practices is solely for communicating with the CVS Veterinary Practice (“Practice”) and in relation to an animal owned or cared for by you. You must be registered with the CVS Practice or, if a new client you may access the service to book an initial appointment and/ or for the purpose of registration with the Practice.
You can access the service in one of the following ways:
A list of small animal CVS veterinary practices can be found at: www.thehealthypetclub.co.uk/contact-us
A list of CVS equine veterinary practices can be found at: www.horsehealthprogramme.co.uk/contact-us
- The SignVideo Service enables a Service User to access a video service arranged by CVS to speak to a CVS veterinary Practice.
- The SignVideo service is operated by Significant UK Ltd (SVCC) (The Service Provider), St Agnes House, 6 Cresswell Park, Blackheath, London SE3 9RD on behalf of CVS (UK) Limited, CVS House, Owen Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4ER and veterinary practices in the CVS group.
- There is no cost to you for the SignVideo service, however you must have access to Wi-Fi or data bundle via computer/tablet/phone in the home and data enabled device/phone in the Practice.
- The service will operate in the United Kingdom veterinary practices between the hours of 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday except for published England and Wales Bank Holidays.
- SignVideo is an on-demand service and whilst every effort will be made to answer video calls quickly, if there is simultaneous demand, there may be a waiting time.
- You must have access to your own device/computer and Wi-Fi/data to access the SignVideo service to book or attend an appointment and you must have a knowledge of BSL. You will need to bring your device with you to the Practice.
- If you do not have a smart phone with access to internet data, the Practice may be able to assist. However, ensure you contact them in advance.