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Sign Language Interpreters for GP appointments

HSE provide funding to Sign Language Interpreting Service

Posted: 25th October 2016 Sign Language Interpreters for GP appointments: HSE provide funding to Sign Language Interpreting Service.



The Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) have announced a scheme where Deaf people with a HSE Medical Card or GP Visit Card can book a sign language interpreter through SLIS for GP appointments.

While the HSE was commited to providing interpreters for health appointments following the launch of the National Guidelines on Accessible Health and Social Services in 2015, in practice it was very difficult to get one as there was no clear process in place to book an interpreter.  

Now the HSE have provided some funding on a pilot basis  to SLIS to provide an easy pathway for Deaf people to book an interpreter for a GP appointment. At this stage the funding can only be used to pay for an interpreter for Deaf people with a HSE Medical Card or GP Visit Card.  But it is hoped that the scheme will be expanded in the future so that all Deaf people have access to interpreters for their GP appointments.

How does the scheme work?

When a Deaf person wants to book an appointment with their GP and to have a sign language interpreter present, they will contact SLIS first. All the details are below in the text and in ISL in the video.



To book an interpreter for your GP appointment, contact SLIS by:

  • Text 087 980 6996, or
  • Email , or
  • Skype/ooVoo: our username is slis.remote

What information does SLIS need from you?

  • Your name
  • Your Medical Card number or GP Visit Card number
  • Your GP's contact details
  • When you want see your GP

What will SLIS do?

  • SLIS will contact the GP
  • SLIS will book the interpreter
  • SLIS will let you know date of the GP appointment and the name of the interpreter
  • SLIS will pay the interpreter on behalf of the HSE



Remember, if you do not have a medical card you still have a right to an interpreter your medical appointments in hospitals and HSE clinics.

SLIS GP Poster October 2016

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