Accessibility statement for Houghton Medical Group website
This accessibility statement applies to https://houghtonmedicalgroup.nhs.uk.
This website is hosted by North of England Commissioning Support (NECS), on behalf of Houghton Medical Group. The practice wants as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
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1. Current status
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- The structure of all the pages throughout the site may affect users using assistive technology.
- The text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window.
- You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text.
- Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard.
- Some form elements are missing descriptions.
- You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader.
- Some links identified only by colour.
- Some link text is used for multiple different destinations.
- Colour contrast in some areas is insufficient.
- Some image links are missing alternative text.
- Heading is missing text in some areas.
- Some heading elements are not consistent.
- An iFrame used on the site is missing a title.
- There’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page.
- HTML tags are used to format text in some places.
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website and we welcome your feedback. If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please let us know. If you require this information in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us on the following details:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call 0191 584 2154
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
Houghton Medical Group,
The Health Centre,
Houghton Le Spring,
Tyne and Wear,
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).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Our reception has audio induction loops installed.
3. Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Houghton Medical Group is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
- where it fails the success criteria
- planned dates for when issues will be fixed
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- The structure of all the pages throughout the site may affect users using assistive technology. The reason for this is due to some of the page content not being labelled as being in the body, main, header or footer sections of the page. This may lead to confusing or inaccurate screen reader output. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- There is a colour contrast issue in some areas of the website. This means users who have colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) may have difficulty reading the content. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some links on the website can only be identified by colour. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.1 (Use of Colour). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Focused links and buttons sometimes do not have enough contrast. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- The same link text is used for links going to different destinations in a number of areas in the site. Users might not know the difference if they are not somehow explained. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose – In Context). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some form elements are missing a description. This can cause issues for some assistive technologies when using a form. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- The iFrame used by Google Maps is missing a title, which gives the content a description for assistive technology. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
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.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
4. What we’re doing to improve accessibility
Accessibility issues will be reviewed and resolved over the next 6 months.
Testing will be carried out a regular interval to ensue ongoing compliance.
5. Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 28th October 2020. It was last reviewed on 28th October 2020.
This website was last tested on 15/09/2020. The test was carried out by North of England Commissioning Support Unit.