Health workers have shown off their sign language ability in a video performance of a Christmas hit.
NHS Grampian workers had taken part in a 12-week training programme to learn basic sign language and finished with their own interpretation of the Shakin’ Stevens tune Merry Christmas Everyone.
The staff, including workers from ARI pharmacy department and a hospital porter, spent three months learning sign language basics.
Roda Bird, an equality and diversity assistant at NHS Grampian, said: “We have been running the informal British Sign Language (BSL) classes for staff or the past five or six years.
“We’re looking to be able to give our staff just a bit of ability when it comes to dealing with someone that uses sign language.
“We teach them how to greet people, ask how they are and introduce themselves. It really puts people at ease when they come in.
“We’re not looking for them to communicate complicated ideas.”
The courses, which are taught by deaf tutors, usually end in a similar fashion with a song being recorded to test their skills.
Roda said: “Usually at the end of the process, we try to do something a little fun, but at the same time continue learning BSL.
“We thought because Christmas is coming up we would learn a Christmas song.”
Roda said people have told her how useful sign language has been for them.
She said: “I’ve had one person say that they were looking after a deaf person, and it really put them at ease when they were speaking.
“In the time between getting them an interpreter, it’s come in really useful.”
The NHS has full-time interpreters who are called in when needed, but Roda hopes that a larger proportion of staff will be able to understand and use basic sign language.
As part of the courses, deaf awareness sessions are also included.
Roda said: “The staff need to understand the needs of people who are deaf.
“So it gives them practical tips on how to care for deaf people, which come straight from our tutors, who understand what is needed,” she added.