Multilingual Resources for Health ServicesA booklet on the Irish Health Services entitled "Your Health Guide" has some very useful basic information about the Irish Health Service for people who may be new to Ireland or people whose first language is not English.
The Health Service Executive has made this booklet available on its website in several different languages. You can use the links below to read the booklet.
Emergency Hospital VisitsSome patients from the migrant community may present at hospitals or other community health settings in acute or emergency situations and not have enough English to communicate their symptoms and distress to staff. The HSE have developed Emergency Multilingual Aid Resources which assist health staff to communicate more effectively with patients. It is intended for use prior to requesting the services of an interpreter or while awaiting the interpreter's arrival. This Emergency Multilingual Aid contains guidance resources for health staff and twenty booklets with English text in parallel with the following languages: -
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National Cervical Screening ProgrammeThe National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60. A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could indicate the possibility of cancer developing. To arrange a free smear test you can contact a registered smeartaker of your choice to make an appointment. If you have any questions you can call CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55. An information leaflet for women on the smear test is available on the CervicalCheck website in the following languages: -
A Self Care Guide for People with Diabetes is available on the HSE website in the following languages: -
The HSE has produced an information leaflet for the public on influenza A(H1N1) (Swine Flu), which was delivered to all homes in early May 2009. The leaflet is available in the following languages: -
REGISTERING THE BIRTH OF A CHILD
Registering a Birth in Ireland is available on the HSE website in the following languages: -
PARENTINGIn April 2007, the HSE launched a public information campaign on parenting, highlighting the importance of listening to children. The purpose was to remind parents and communities that one of the best ways to protect children and build happy, healthy family relationships, is to encourage strong two-way communication between children and adults. Their booklet on protecting children "Parents who listen, protect" is available on the HSE website. The booklet is also available in the following languages: -
You will find information on vaccinations for children at the following links:
Child with disability
Any parent who feels that their child aged under 5 may have a disability can apply for an assessment of the child's needs. An application can also be made by a guardian. This is an assessment of the full range of the child's needs associated with his or her disability. The parent or guardian will receive an assessment report detailing the child's health and educational needs and the services required to meet those needs.
You will find leaflets on the child's rights to an assessment of disability on the HSE website in the following languages:-
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