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Accessibility

Please click on the links to find out about more about the Accessibility of this website:

We are committed to making our website accessible to all users. This site has been designed to be Accessible for people with any degree of visual or motor impairment and users of screen readers.

Please contact gayle.mutch@nhs.net if you have any technical difficulties using this website. 

If you have any difficulties accessing the documents published on this website or require them in a different format (such as Braille, large print etc.), please contact grampian@nhs.net

All other non-website enquiries

NHS Grampian's aim is to ensure that we meet the needs of people with a disability by making sure that everyone can:

  • access our buildings and grounds
  • contact us in a way that is easiest for them
  • get health information in many formats (such as Braille, large print etc.).

If you need assistance (not relating to the website) please contact our Patient Services Manager (details below). 

NHS Grampian and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Nigel Firth
Equality and Diversity Manager 
Room 7
Ashgrove House
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZA

Tel:  01224 552245
Fax:  01224 550655
Email:  nigel.firth@arh.grampian.scot.nhs.uk

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Standards

This site has been designed to be Accessible for people with any degree of visual or motor impairment and users of screen readers.

It attained level WAI 'AA' on 10 August 2005, and was evaluated using Bobby 5.00.6.3 and by subsequent manual checking.

The site was also validated as XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant on 10 August 2005, using the W3C and Web Design Group validators, with CSS compliance.

Future developments include that all links to documents on this site will show the file type and size.

Audio content and navigation for talking browsers and screen readers has been checked by listening to the site using JAWS. The site is also compatible with Supernova and IBM Home Page Reader when using Internet Explorer 5 or above. All trivial images have null Alt text.

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Access / Shortcut Keys

To help those using a screen reader or a talking browser etc., you can get around our website without using a mouse by using access keys on your keyboard.  These keys are based on the UK Government Access Keys system.

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How to use access keys

  • Hold down the 'Alt' key (Windows PC) or 'Ctrl' key (Apple Mac)
  • Select the key from the list above
  • Press 'Enter' if using a Windows PC (an Apple Mac takes you straight there)

Internet Explorer 4.5 (Mac)
Access keys are not supported

Netscape 6 and earlier (PC and Mac)
Access keys are not supported

Tab indexing

Links in the site have been given a tab weighting to allow quick access to each link. The order for tab indexing in a page is as follows:

Top navigation
Side navigation
Breadcrumb navigation
Bottom navigation

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Low Graphics

As well as providing our website in an accessible way, we have also provided a low graphics version (top left hand option on each page).  This removes most of the pictures / graphics used on our website.  If you would like to see our website with a high contrast or have a slow internet connection you may find this version easier to use.

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Increasing Page Text Size

To alter the size of the text on the web pages, you may use the Text Size option at the top of the page.

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Simply click on the 'A' to the right of the default size to increase the text size by one or two degrees. The chosen text size is thereafter indicated by the hyphen on the A. This will remain the chosen size of text thereafter.

You can increase the size of the text even further using your web browser options.

Internet Explorer

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Firefox

View - Text Size - Increase

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Opera

Zoom and 100+ Percentage

Safari

Apple Key and  '+' Key

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Changing Page Colours

You may also change the colours using your web browser options.

Internet Explorer

Click on Tools

Internet-Options

Then click on the Accessibility button in the window that pops up

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Then select the 'Ignore colors' option.

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Note you could also select the 'Ignore font styles' and 'Ignore font size' options to alter the look and size of the text.

Firefox

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Opera

View - Style - User Mode

Safari

Not Available

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External Sites

All links to external sites open in a new window.  NHS Grampian is not responsible for the content or accessibility of these referenced sites. All links which open a new browser window will be indicated by this icon:

Link opens in new window.

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Screen Reader Setting Recommendations

For users of JAWS we recommend the following sort order title|text|alt|href as the best combination to set.

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Help with Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files

We recognise that not all of the pdf files on our website are as accessible as they could be and would ask you to bear with us as we continue to improve this aspect of the site.  If you have any difficulties accessing the documents published on this website or require them in a different format (such as Braille, large print etc.), please contact grampian@nhs.net

The Adobe site offers:

Link opens in new windowThere is more information on PDF Accessibility and other issues from the RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) Access Centre.

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