The Chairman of the Patients Association, Mike Smith, thinks pictures on prescriptions could help people understand their medicine more easily.
A hospital in Pakistan uses pictures of the sun rising to tell people to take their tablets in the morning. They use pictures of stars to tell people to take their tablets at night. The hospital uses pictures because approximately half of their patients can’t read or write.
- People with bad eye sight could benefit from pictures because at the moment, information on prescriptions is in tiny writing.
- Foreign people who don’t understand English could benefit from pictures.
- Professor Theo Rayner (an expert about medical information from the University of Leeds) says pictures may not be clear. For example, what do you think a picture of a baby with a red cross over it means? Do you think it means the medicine is not for children? Do you think it means the medicine is a contraceptive (a drug taken to stop a woman from getting pregnant)? Do you think it means women who are pregnant are not allowed to take the medicine?
BSL is a visual language, so we want to know, would you like to see pictures on your prescriptions?
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