Dr Patrick O’Donnell is a Clinical Fellow in Social Inclusion at the , a pilot project of the the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School
The took place from March 26–27th 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.
This morning, I had a busy clinic in Limerick city, Ireland. I saw about 10 patients who did not speak English well. Three of these consultations were facilitated by the patient bringing a child or friend in to interpret; for two other patients, I had to rely on Google Translate; for the next one, I spoke to a relative in English over the phone about the patient sitting in front of me; for the remainder, a mixture of broken English and miming had to suffice. ...continue reading