In response to the recent report produced by 2020 Health which shows that the NHS paid £23million last year on translating documents and providing interpreters, Rx-info is offering pharmacists in community and hospital pharmacy access to their free Translabel service – www.translabel.co.uk - which provides an instant translation of basic medicine labels in 14 commonly spoken languages.
Translabel is available to pharmacists or anyone who dispenses or advises on medicines. Among the language translations available are Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Latvian, Polish and Urdu. The online system, which has been developed and checked by pharmacy professionals is also available in English large print to assist patients with visual impairment.
Company Director of Rx-info, Colin Richman, who developed Translabel said: “While working as a pharmacist in hospitals and in the community, I recognised the challenges surrounding accurate medicines dosage for patients whose first language is not English. As a result Rx-info has worked with other pharmacy professionals in the UK and abroad to develop, check and support the Translabel system which is completely free to use. It has already benefited many of our colleagues and we hope that many more will find it useful in terms of clearer communication with patients as well as saving money on translation”.
Translabel is available free of charge, to anyone who would like to use it.
· To see the list of languages available OR to print a copy of the poster for display in your pharmacy please click here.
· LARGE PRINT in English is also available to help patients with a visual impairment.
· To print a medicine label in one of the languages listed, or to produce a LARGE PRINT medication label in English, please visit www.translabel.co.uk
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To view the 2020 Health report visit: www.2020health.org/2020health/Publication/Professional-Development/Translation-Services.html
For further information or to interview Colin Richman, please contact Olivia Jones on 01392 466733