Working with a Medical Interpreter

Do you need a medical interpreter? Language Direct has the answer.

Will you be needing a medical interpreter?  We have professional interpreters on our team that specialises in medical interpretation and translation. We can partner with you in ensuring that the right information is relayed.

What is a Medical Interpreter?

Some professional language interpreters specialise on one topic. Some would focus on legal interpretation and some would focus on medical interpretation. Additionally, a professional interpreter who works in a medical setting is known as a medical interpreter. They are more than just people who interpret information from one language to another. They act as a bridge between the doctor and the patient who are separated by language. Furthermore, their focus is on being able to calmly and accurately relay important information such as instructions and diagnosis so that the patient can fully understand it.  Additionally, their presence can add reassurance to patients so they can easily communicate how they feel to the doctor. In turn, the doctors would be able to properly address the medical issue.

Tips on Working with a Medical Interpreter

If you plan on getting a medical interpreter, take note of these tips so you can maximize the benefits of having one.

  • Carefully screen your interpreter. If you plan on getting one from a language and translation company, make sure that you hire a reputable company like Language Direct. Don’t just rely on colleagues or friends who happen to be bilinguals. You want your interpreter to be trained and knowledgeable in the medical field so there wouldn’t be any inaccuracies and misinformation.
  • Furthermore, hire them early on. It is better that they are involved in the care of non-English speaking patients right from the start. Appointments and check ups will go smoothly with medical interpreters around.
  • Additionally, speak Directly to the patient. The medical interpreter is just there to help you communicate with your patient. Talk to your patients directly as if you are talking the same language.
  • Also,keep it short and simple. This doesn’t mean that you will rush things. As a result, using simple sentences will facilitate a more accurate interpretation. And when you talk, try to keep a moderate pace in order to allow your interpreter to keep up with the information.

Call Language Direct today if you need an experienced professional medical interpreter.

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