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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Accessibility Statement

This page was last updated on 5 December 2023.

This accessibility statement applies to https://www.wuth.nhs.uk/

This website is run by Wirral University Teaching Hospital, and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. 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 Access the site through the Accessibility tab for different languages, Browsealoud and to change the contrast settings.


We've also made the website text as simple as possible to understand, and you can navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.

AbilityNet has advice on making your phone, computer or tablet easier to use, depending on your needs.


Accessibility Toolbar

Located at the top of every page is our accessibility toolbar, labelled 'Accessibility'

Click on the toolbar to view various accessible options, including:

  • Text size
  • Contrast
  • Language
  • Browse Aloud (Speak)


Compliance Status

Technical information about the website’s accessibility

 We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website has been tested for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 level AA) compliance in December 2023.


Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.2 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.


Non- accessible content


Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Also some legacy documents published in pdf format may not be accessible prior to December 2023.  We have provided a help email and we’ll facilitate providing documents in an alternative format to aid access.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.


Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We do provide subtitled video content on our social media and You Tube channels.


Disproportionate Burden Assessment

Since the WUTH website was built, standards for web accessibility changed in September 2018 and web accessibility tools have advanced with technology. Archive PDF documents on the WUTH website (before December 2023) may not be fully accessible to users of assistive technology.  


The Trust has assessed the cost and feasibility of retrospectively converting all PDFs on the site (since September 2018) into new format PDFs, which feature an accessibility checker.  The cost of doing so is assessed as onerous and a disproportionate burden on a publicly funded NHS body.


The pages hosting PDF documents are the Trust’s Board Reports, Agendas and Papers, Council of Governors’ Agendas and Reports and Strategy pages Board Meetings | Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (wuth.nhs.uk)


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 5 December 2023.


This website was last tested on 21st November 2023.


The test was carried out by the Government Digital Service. The most viewed pages were tested using automated testing tools by our website team. A further audit of the website was carried out to the WCAG 2.2 AA standard.


You can read the full accessibility test report https://reports.accessibility-monitoring.service.gov.uk/reports/6562cdde-8bcf-4fb3-a636-192aed8e74d9


Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like an accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or Braille, please email: wuth.website@nhs.net


Reporting accessibility problem with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please email: wuth.website@nhs.net, where your email will be picked up and responded to by the Communications Department.


Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).