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April 14, 2005

1 in 7 patients is deaf or hard of hearing, joint conference for GPs, UK

From: (press release) - Apr 14, 2005

One in every seven patients registered at a GP surgery is deaf or hard of hearing. On an average day, a doctor will see several patients who have difficulty hearing what they say.

i-Newswire, 2005-04-14 - Good communication is essential between a GP and their patient and to address this problem the RNID and the Royal College of General Practitioners are holding a joint conference on Wednesday 15 June for GPs and all members of the primary care team.

Can your patients understand you? being held at the RCGP in London, will look at the communication barriers affecting deaf and hard of hearing patients and their GPs and will suggest some useful strategies to help overcome those barriers.

Delegates will also look at the Disability Discrimination Act with a qualified barrister and learn about the new duties required of them since the Act came into full force in October 2004.

To attend this event, delegates should contact Nikki Whitelock in the RCGP Professional Development Unit by telephone 020 7344 3124, fax 020 7589 1428, or email

The programme can be accessed online at this link:

Royal College of General Practitioners
14 Princes Gate, Hyde Park
London SW7 1PU
Telephone: 0207 581 3232
Fax: 0207 589 1428
Patron: His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
Registered Charity Number 223106

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