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Emergency multilingual phrasebook

  • Document type:
  • Author:
    British Red Cross, with the advice and funding from the Department of Health
  • Published date:
    18 February 2004
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  • Copyright holder:
    British Red Cross

The Emergency Multilingual phrasebook, produced and updated by the British Red Cross Society with advice and funding from the Department of Health and endorsed by the British Association for Emergency Medicine (BAEM) is translated into 36 languages. It covers the most common medical questions and terms to help first contact staff communicate with patients who do not speak English and make an initial assessment while an interpreter is contacted

All A&E departments in England have been sent free copies of the phrasebook. Other organisations can purchase copies directly from the British Red Cross by contacting 0800 73 11 663 or by ordering from the British Red Cross website:

The phrasebook can be downloaded in Portable Document Format below. For ease of access, the PDF version of this document has been loaded as separate chapters - one for each language.

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