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Use interpreters effectively

Interpreting services are a useful, but expensive, resource. Following these tips can help the consultation be successful.

Last updated

on 19.04.2018


  • Ensure language spoken by the patient is recorded accurately so an interpreter can be booked in-person or telephone service available for the appointment
  • On some occasions a family or friend interpreter may be used in a non-clinical setting
  • In a clinical setting, they should not be used to ensure privacy for the patient
  • Using a family or friend may mean missing a history of violence or trafficking
  • Prepare your conversation
  • During consultation