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This website has been built to follow current best practice for accessibility of UK Government websites. Many features have been added to aid site comprehension and navigation for users of assistive browsers, some of which are outlined below:

Access keys

Access Keys provide alternative navigation without using a mouse. The site follows UK Government Access Key guidelines:
key 0 - Privacy/legal
key 1 - Accessibility
key A - Home
key B - FAQ
key C - Contact
key D - Site map
key E - Stay Informed

S - Jump to page content

To use Access Keys hold down either Alt, Ctrl or Shift (depending on your browser) with the Access Key (listed above) and press the Enter key (if required).

Images have alt text where they add to the comprehension of the page. All trivial images have null Alt text.

Font size

To increase the text size on the pages simply adjust your browser's settings:

- Microsoft Internet Explorer: go to the 'View' menu, select 'Text Size' and then either 'Larger' or 'Largest'.
- Firefox: go to the 'View' menu, select 'Text Size' and then either Increase Ctrl + +, Decrease Ctrl + - or Normal Ctrl + 0.
- Opera: go to the 'Tools' menu, select 'Preferences' then click on the 'Web pages' tab. Select the 'normal font' button. A dialogue box appears and provides options to increase/decrease font size, font type, weight and style.
- Netscape Navigator: go to the 'View' menu and choose 'Increase Font' until the text is the size you require.
- Safari: go to the 'View' menu, select 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller' until the text is the size you require.

Accessibility rating

Testing of this site was carried out by Amberlight and meets the W3C priority 1 and priority 2 levels.

For information on PDF files and accessibility visit (new window)

External sites

The Department of Health is not responsible for content or accessibility of external links.


Below you will find links to help you tailor your current browser to your needs, alternative browsers or add-ons. Please note the links below will open in a new browser window.

Internet explorer

Information provided by Microsoft on how to change browser settings. (new window)

JAWS screen reader

Download a free trial copy of the screen reader Jaws. (new window)

MAGic screen magnification

Information on screen magnification software. (new window)


Information provided by Opera on how to change browser settings. (new window)


Screen reader with Braille support. (new window)

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