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Provision of interpretation to healthcare services

During the last 7 years, we have been tackling the growing emergency needs for interpretation in hospitals all over Greece, mainly on a volunteer basis, through specially trained interpreters/intercultural mediators. Very often, we are requested to facilitate the communication with people that are suffering from serious illnesses. It is of crucial importance that the communication of the medical staff is transferred in their language in detail, before vital decisions for their healthcare are taken.

As of March 2018, METAdrasi, with valuable support from the European Union (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, ECHO), began the provision of interpretation with presence on a regular basis in 7 hospitals in the mainland, while covering emergency cases in 16 more hospitals either through interpreters’ physical presence or through phone.

To date, more than 1000 interpretation sessions in hospitals have been realized, in 16 languages, (in Arabic in Arabic and Farsi/Dari mainly, but also in other languages, such as Urdu/Punjabi, Sorani, Kurmantzi, Bengali, Lingala, Tigrinya, Turkish, Georgian, Moldovan, etc.), while every day, we receive multiple requests for interpretation.

HOSPITALS IN ATTICA

  • P. & A. KYRIAKOU CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

    Arabic and Farsi
    Monday to Friday: 9:00-17:00
    During the shifts: Tuesday and Thursday afternoon: 17:00-23:00
    Weekend shifts: Saturday every 2nd Sunday: 9:00-17:00
  • AGIA SOFIA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

    Farsi
    Shifts: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 17:00-23:00
    Weekend shifts: Every 2nd Sunday: 9:00-17:00

    Arabic
    Monday to Friday: 17:00-23:00
    Weekend shifts:  Saturday and Sunday: 9:00-17:00

  • DROMOKAITEIO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

    Arabic, Farsi and Urdu/Punjabi
    During the shifts: 10:00-18:00
  • TZANEIO

    Arabic and Farsi
    Monday to Friday: 8:00-16:00

HOSPITALS IN THESSALONIKI

  • PAPAGEORGIOU

    Arabic

    Shifts: twice per week, following prior communication with the hospital

    Either during the morning shift: 9:00-17:00
    Either during the afternoon shift: 13:00-21:00
  • AHEPA

    Arabic and Farsi
    Shifts: once per week, following prior communication with the hospital: 9:00-17:00
  • GEORGIOS GENNIMATAS

    Arabic and Farsi
    Shifts: once per week, following prior communication with the hospital
    Either during the morning shift: 9:00-17:00
    Either during the afternoon shift: 13:00-21:00
Until today we have assisted apart from the afore-mentioned, in 16 hospitals:
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CONTACT

For further information and requests, you may contact METAdrasi at +30 214 100 8700 or through mail at info@metadrasi.org