InterpretersLive! for those who use British Sign Language (BSL)

We strive to support all patient needs at North Bristol NHS Trust. For patients who need BSL interpreting services, we now offer planned and non-planned one-to-one video communication. 

Planned video appointments are via our Attend Anywhere platform and a BSL Interpreter will be arranged via Sign Solutions. However, for non-planned emergency communication requirements within the hospital, we will use the Interpreterslive! service provided by Sign Solutions.

In addition to this new service, Sign Solutions also provides planned face to face and video interpreting British Sign Language Interpreters, Speech to Text Reporters (STTR) including Palantypists, Sign Supported English (SSE), Lip speakers, Deaf Relay Interpreters and other types of sign language. If you want to find out if an Interpreter has been booked for your forthcoming appointment, contact Sign Solutions with your appointments details and they can check and arrange for you.

If you want to contact anyone at North Bristol NHS Trust related to your care, treatment or to make/change and appointment, you can now do so from home via the InterpretersLive! video interpreting service.

The InterpretersLive! service is available on-demand seven days a week between 8am and midnight via the StarLeaf app. You can also pre-book BSL Video Interpreters and other types of remote communication support for anytime and anywhere via any video platform.

Available on these platforms:

  • Windows
  • iOS
  • Apple
  • Android 


StarLeaf app for phones

Download the StarLeaf app on your phone






StarLeaf for PC

Contact via BSL Video Interpreter on your desktop






What is "InterpretersLive!"?

InterpretersLive! is a video interpreting service provided by Sign Solutions.


What types of interpreting are available via InterpretersLive?

NRCPD British Sign Language Interpreters are available on-demand, and they can be pre-booked too.

You can pre-book:

  • Lipspeakers
  • Speech to Text reporters
  • Relay Interpreters
  • Makaton

What are the two types of video interpreting? VRS and VRI?


Video Relay service is when the people that want to communicate are all located separately from each other. The British Sign Language user and the Interpreter communicate over a secure video call, and the interpreter relays everything that is signed to the hearing person, the conversation relays back and forth from BSL to English and English to BSL.


Video Remote Interpreting is when the Deaf and hearing parties are together, and to communicate they dial a video interpreter via a computer, tablet or phone. The video interpreter translates between the parties in real-time.

How can I access the InterpretersLive! service?

If you are using a phone or a tablet, you need to download the StarLeaf app. Once you are in, please click on the phone icon and enter and click ‘make a video call’. An interpreter will then answer and connect your call. If you are using a desktop, you can download the app for Windows or Mac.

Is it free to use InterpretersLive!?

InterpretersLive is free for you to make a VRS call to any of the following organisations on this link!VRScustomers 

InterpretersLive! is also free to use when you visit any of the following organisations, trusts, councils and stores on this link!VRIcustomers

Are the video interpreters NRCPD registered?

All the video interpreters are qualified and NRCPD registered.

What do I need to use InterpretersLive!?

A tablet, phone or computer, and internet connection, Or 3G/4G/5G mobile data signal.

Is InterpretersLive! secure?

Yes, as an ISO27001 and Cyber essentials accredited provider, we use StarLeaf’s secure and encrypted platform to deliver our video interpreting service, via their app or WebRtc links.

Can you pre-book InterpretersLive! or is it just on-demand calls?

Yes, you can pre-book NRCPD qualified British Sign Language Interpreters and other types of communication support 24/7/365. Check out our on-demand availability on our website.

Can you only access video interpreters via the StarLeaf app?

On-demand BSL Interpreters are available via Skype for Business or StarLeaf. However, pre-booked interpreters are available any video platform at anytime!

Can InterpretersLive! call me back?

Yes. If you call in via the Starleaf app, we can call you back by dialling your email address. If you are not around we can leave you a BSL video

message to retrieve on your return.

How can hearing people call me?

They dial 0121 285 2733 from any phone and the Interpreter will then make an onward video call to you.

If the call I make is not answered can I leave a message?

Of course! If the call is not answered you can leave a voicemail for the recipient or a BSL video message for a BSL user.

Can I choose the BSL Interpreter I want?

Yes, if you want to pre-book a video or in-person interpreting session, we can book your preferred or named interpreter.


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