We provide qualified medical interpreters free of charge for patients needing language interpretation and patients with hearing loss at Swedish. Patients, family members and Swedish staff can request interpreters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospital staff and providers may call for telephone interpretation and request in-person interpreters from the list of Approved Contractors at any time. In-person interpreters are provided for over 75 languages and dialects and telephone interpreters are available for over 180 languages. In addition, select locations provide Video Remote Interpretation in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, ASL Sign Language, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
At Swedish/Edmonds, for help in a language other than English, call 800-603-5095.
Translated materials and signage are available throughout Swedish. Patient information is provided in the Welcome to Swedish Booklet, available in
If you have a hearing loss and need Assistive Devices and Adaptive Communication equipment, a variety of equipment is available throughout our hospitals and clinics upon request. Please see our Menu of Assistive Devices to determine the equipment that best serves your need. Certified ASL, Sign and Tactile sign language interpreters are available as needed; please request an interpreter when you schedule an appointment or when arriving at Swedish. When calling a Swedish location, please indicate your language need and an operator or staff person will access telephonic interpretation with interpreters for over 150 languages. Please share your communication need with our staff, whether need for interpreter or Assistive Device, prior to arrival for your appointment or stay, so we can assure that your needs are met.
For any other services or special requests, please ask Swedish staff.
Federal and State laws mandate equal access to services for all patients regardless of language needs or disability. Swedish supports ensuring effective communication between patients and their medical providers by providing free, qualified interpretation services for all patients. We do not use patient family members, friends or children as interpreters in order to always provide you with qualified, confidential and accurate medical interpretation. Please contact us at any time to let us know how we can serve you better or to give feedback on your interpreter services experience. To find out more information about Online Orientation for Interpreters click here.
Linguistic Services Department
Seattle, WA 98122
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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