Easy read and communication support for healthcare and medical professionals

Widgit Health Symbols 2013

Create your own materials with Widgit Symbols, specifically designed for use in healthcare settings.


These symbols are an add-on for the following Widgit software:

  • InPrint 3 - Symbol Desktop Publisher
  • InPrint 2 - Symbol Desktop Publisher
  • SymWriter 2 - Symbol Word Processor


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Symbol Development:

This project was developed by Widgit Software in partnership with medical professionals.

Special thanks to South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Warwickshire Integrated Disability Service, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The aim of the project was to develop symbols to enhance understanding in healthcare settings for children, patients with learning difficulties or autism, and people who have English as an additional language.

This pack contains flash cards for all of the medical vocabulary, a glossary and 342 Widgit Symbols specifically designed for use in healthcare settings. This complements the extensive general health vocabulary in the Widgit Symbol Set.


The symbols cover the following topics:

  • General Vocabulary
    Responses and Waiting, Hospital , Hygiene, Food.
  • People and Places
    Medical Professionals, Medical Places.
  • Illness, Medical Problems and Emotions
    Pain, Injury, Conditions, Illness, Heart and Lung, Organs, Skin, Digestive System, Hands and Feet, Mouth, Emotions.
  • Assessment
    General Assessment, Specific Assessment.
  • Treatment and Aids
    Medication, General Treatment, Specific Treatment, Aids and Mobility.
  • X-ray and Dental
    X-rays and Casts, Dental.
  • Baby Care
    General, Medical.
  • Substance Misuse
    Drug Types, Alcohol, Drugs.



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