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Listen to this site

You can now listen to the contents of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust website being read aloud to you using the new service Browsealoud.

To listen, you will need to download a free piece of software, called a plug-in, from Browsealoud.


Download the plug-in by clicking on the Browsealoud icon above. This will take you to the Browsealoud website where you can find full instructions. You can also go to the Browsealoud Video Tour for further information.

Once the plug-in is installed on your computer, you can choose to listen to the content of web pages and files such as pdf documents on this and other Browsealoud-enabled sites being read to you.

Committed to improving accessibility for all patients.

The service is designed to improve access to information and services on our website.

Aimed mainly at people with mild visual impairments, dyslexia or literacy difficulties, the software also helps anyone where English is not their first language.

There is no charge for anyone using Browsealoud, visitors simply download the application once and it will read whole pages or highlighted passages of text, highlighting each word as it is read. Listeners can choose either a male or female voice.

In addition, documents accessed via the website such as patient leaflets or the Trust's board papers can also be read out, or saved as MP3 files.

It is not designed to replace other screen readers.

How does it work?

Once you have downloaded the plug-in, the Browsealoud icon will appear in your system tray, which is usually found in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

When you move your cursor over text, the relevant sentence is spoken aloud. You can choose to listen to selected sections of text or the entire page from where your cursor is pointed. There is also an option to see the words that are being spoken in large size at the top of the screen.

To customise your Browsealoud settings, right click on the icon once it is installed on your computer and choose 'Open Browsealoud settings' from the menu.


For further information on Browsealoud, please visit www.browsealoud.com
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