Living in Andalucía - Medical Interpreter Service

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At the beginning of 2007 the Andalucian Regional Health services began to offer a special interpreter service via mobile telephone. The service works by providing administrative staff and doctors with mobile telephones that connect them with a call centre staffed by interpreters.

English is available 24 hours a day along with Romanian, French, German, Arabic, Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian. From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. a total of 32 languages are on offer through this service.

During the initial six months of operation in 2007 health officials learned that Arabic interpreters were most in demand followed by English and Romanian and finally Chinese. There are plans to offer Chinese interpreters 24 hours a day.

As of mid-2007 the service was only available in the following centres - with plans to expand as needed:

AlmerÍa

Hospital de Poniente de El Ejido
Hospital de Alta Resolución de El Toyo
Hospital de Torrecárdenas

Health Centres throughout the Almeria Health District

CÁdiz

Hospital Puerta del Mar
el Hospital de Especialidades de Jerez
el Punta de Europa de Algeciras

Granada

Health Centres throughout the "South Area" district and the Granada Health District

Huelva

Hospital de Riotinto

MÁlaga

The Regional Carlos Haya Hospital
Hospital Virgen de la Victoria
Hospital de la Axarquía.

Sevilla

Hospital Virgen del Rocío
Hospital Virgen Macarena de Sevilla
Centres throughout the Seville Health District

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