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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 Commission’s – Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations department – (ECHO), began the provision of interpretation with presence on a regular basis in 9 hospitals in the mainland, while covering emergency cases in multiple hospitals either through interpreters’ physical presence or through phone.

To date, more than 44,405 interpretation sessions in 75 hospitals have been realized, in 22 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 & Thursday afternoon: 17:00-23:00
    Weekend shifts: Every Saturday & every 2nd Sunday: 9:00-17:00
  • AGIA SOFIA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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

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

  • TZANEIO

    Arabic and Farsi
    Monday to Friday: 8:00-16:00
  • G. GENNIMATAS

    Arabic and Farsi
    During shifts: 15:00-23:00
    * Occasionally, on weekdays, 9:00-17:00, according to Hospital’s availability ( for more info please address the Hospital’s Social Services)
  • DROMOKAITEIO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

    Arabic, Farsi and Urdu/Punjabi
    Monday to Friday: 09:00-18:00, on call coverage and availability for physical presence upon request

HOSPITALS IN THESSALONIKI

  • PAPAGEORGIOU

    Arabic

    Daily, during morning or night shift, according to hospital’s schedule

  • AHEPA

    Arabic and Farsi
    Daily, during morning or night shift, according to hospital’s schedule
  • GEORGIOS GENNIMATAS

    Arabic and Farsi
    Daily, during morning or night shift, according to hospital’s schedule

HOSPITALS IN IOANNINA

  • UNIVERSITY GENERAL HOSPITAL OF IOANNINA

    Arabic/Kurmanji and Farsi

    Daily, during morning shifts 09:00-17:00

  • HATZIKOSTA GENERAL HOSPITAL OF IOANNINA

    Arabic/Kurmanji and Farsi
    Daily, during morning shifts 09:00-17:00

On-call coverage of medical cases in the Arabic language
during the hours 23:00-07:00, Monday to Friday.

Until today we have assisted apart from the afore-mentioned, in the following hospitals:
SHARING IS CARING

CONTACT

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