British Sign Language 999 App

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A new service has launched to allow people to make 999 calls using British Sign Language (BSL). The new service – 999 BSL – allows deaf people to make emergency calls using an app or website, connecting callers with a BSL interpreter.

The system, which launched in June, is the first time a 999 emergency service has been available in British Sign Language, though a similar process exists for the NHS 111 number.

People who use the service will be put through to a BSL interpreter, who will then relay the conversation to a 999 operator.

The service is free to use and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is available to download as a smartphone app and access as a web-based platform at

Visit 999 BSL for more details and instructions on how to download the app.