Health text help for deaf people on Teesside
A new text service has been set up to help deaf people on Teesside access health services.
The pilot project enables them to contact their GP directly rather than relying on family or friends ring up to make an appointment.
It is being run by NHS Tees at surgeries in Middlesbrough and Redcar.
Staff at participation practices are also being given deaf awareness-raising sessions the make them more aware of people's needs.
Gill Marshall, from Middlesbrough's Deaf Centre, said: "Deaf people need to be able to contact the NHS independently rather than rely on family or friends and we welcome this initiative to promote independence."