NHS is now speaking your language

HEALTH services can now be accessed in more than 50 languages, after an NHS website introduced an auto-translation service.

Following feedback from users and health professionals, the website NHS Choices offers translations of translate thousands of pages on NHS services, and over 800 leaflets on conditions, treatments and health and wellbeing advice.

Visitors to the site can translate most pages of this website, using Google Translate, into more than 50 languages by clicking the ‘translate’ link at the top of the page and selecting the language. Users will need Javascript enabled for this to work.

NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website and it provides a comprehensive health information service that puts people in control of their healthcare. It includes around 20,000 regularly updated articles and hundreds of videos, interactive tools and listings that allow people to compare and find local health services.

Muriel Scott, NHS Bedfordshire director of public health, said: “We welcome the addition of this free translation facility on NHS Choices.

“This will allow members of the public from the many different communities in Bedfordshire and Luton, who may have been prevented from using the site previously due to language barriers, to benefit from the site’s useful information.

“NHS Choices helps people to make choices about their health, from decisions about your lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding and using NHS services in England. I would encourage people to take a look and see how useful it can be.”

NHS Choices can be accessed at www.nhs.uk