An interpreting service is available free of charge for patients using GP and NHS Hospital Services in England. This includes interpreting for people who are deaf or deaf/blind.
Children are not allowed to act as interpreters during your treatment or appointments.
A member of the Team from your Practice or the Hospital Department dealing with your treatment or appointment will arrange the interpreter. To make sure they can support you effectively they need you to do certain things so please do let them know you need interpreting help as soon as possible. Preferably, this should be as soon as you make an appointment with your GP.
If you are going into Hospital, contact the Ward or Department to let them know you need an interpreter, as soon as you receive your Hospital appointment. You may need a friend or relative who speaks English to tell us that you need an interpreter.
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