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Interpreters

Interpreting Services are available to patients in several languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian. We also provide interpreters in American Sign Language.

If your English is limited or you're speech or hearing impaired, please ask your doctor or nurse to contact us and an interpreter will be requested at no cost to you.

Special Needs

If you're hearing impaired, pay phone TTYs (teletypewriters) — also known as TDDs (telecommunication devices for the deaf) — are available throughout UCSF Medical Center. We also provide bedside TTYs, phone amplifiers and pocket talkers for patients. Medical center operators are available 24 hours a day by TTY. Call the TTY operator at (415) 885-3TTY.

Books on tape are provided by Volunteer Services for visually impaired hospital patients. Contact Volunteer Services at (415) 353-1196.

For other services or special requests, please ask your nurse or call Patient Relations at (415) 353-1936.

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Please ask your doctor or nurse to contact us and an interpreter will be requested.