HOSPITAL staff in East Cheshire can now communicate with patients in 170 languages.
East Cheshire NHS Trust has launched an improved foreign language interpreting service to help patients for who English is not their first language. The trust’s area takes in Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford.
“It is important clinicians can communicate effectively with patients and their families,” said trust deputy chief executive Val Aherne. “We can connect them and their patients to an interpreter on the telephone in seconds, or face to face with an interpreter there in person for sensitive situations.”