HSE Language Centre

The Language Centre of this website has been developed to provide a central point for health service information that is available for people who are new to Ireland or whose first language in not English. This is part of the the implementation of the HSE's Intercultural Health Strategy.

The information in this section is being added to all the time so check back to see what's new!


Nurse Pre-scribers Nurse and Midwife Prescribers -How they care for you.
Since May 2007, nurses and midwives have the option to train to write prescriptions for certain drugs. This leaflet will help you understand this change. It is available in English, Irish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish and Russian.
EMA language image Emergency Multilingual Aid - assists 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 is available in Arbic, Bosnian, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Pashtu, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, and Urdu.
Registering a Birth Registering a Birth in Ireland - outlines how to register the birth of a baby and gives contact details for Civil Registration Service offices nationwide. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Polish, Romanian, German
Guide to Health Services Cover Your Health Guide - an introduction to how the Irish Health Service works. If you would like to know how how to use Irish Hospitals, get your children immunised, apply for a Medical Card or a range of other services - choose from Arabic, Mandarin, Czech, French, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Diabetes Self Care Guide Cover Self Care Guide for People with Diabetes - This booklet has been developed to help answer your questions about diabetes, to explain the different types and outline how you can effectively manage your diabetes. Choose from French, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Mandarin and English
Parents who Listen, Protect cover Parents who Listen, Protect - a practical guide for all adults - parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents and neighbours. It outlines the importance of listening to and communicating with children and young people. It gives some practical hints and tips on how to talk to and listen to children, and gives contacts for HSE Child Protection Services nationwide. Choose from English, Irish, Russian, French, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Romanian, Mandarin