BBC to feature school Joy the sign language hospital helper

BBC TV is to cover the Good News Post story of Joy the primary school Higher Level Teaching Assistant who is helping nurses during Covid-19.

Joy Grimsby is helping a Bristol hospital staff to communicate through sign language to each other whilst wearing PPE.

The higher level teaching assistant of Castle Batch Primary School Academy is helping nurses at Nightingale Hospital in Bristol.

Her expertise Makaton sign language poster is next to every patients’ bed.

Now the story is to go on BBC Points West tomorrow (Tuesday).

Nursing staff found they cannot communicate when wearing PPE so needed a way to communicate to each other through sign language – so they turned to Joy.

Joy, who is also a Regional Makaton Tutor to help with Makaton sign language, has also given her training video to be used by staff.

Lisa Dadds of The Priory Learning Trust which oversees Castle Batch said: “Our schools are excited to be helping out with the NHS as this challenging time. We are delighted that Joy has been able to offer her amazing skills for such a brilliant cause.”

See the video here