KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation


Why can’t a medical interpreter stay in the room alone with a patient?


Or, as some medical providers ask me when I express that I can’t be left alone in the room with the patient: then why did the last interpreter stay in the room with the patient, then? The Short Answer Here you’ll find a quick rundown of the medical interpreting ethical principles that may apply to this question, as well as other considerations. To read a more complete explanation of...

What is the difference between an interpreter and a translator?


An interpreter interprets spoken words, whereas a translator translates written words. This distinction is important because if you are seeking out services for your patient, you’ll get an entirely different skillset from a translator than you would from an interpreter! That being said, interpreters should be versed in translation, but likely will not be to the extent of a professional...

Why didn’t the interpreter answer my questions when they were interpreting?


While in any other setting I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, if I am interpreting for a patient, my focus is on interpretation. Part of the medical interpreting codes of ethics is accuracy, which includes completeness. This means any utterance that occurs in the presence of the patient must be interpreted. This ensures transparency and fosters trust between the...

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KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation

Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

I am a Certified Medical/Healthcare Interpreter (CMI-Spanish, CHI-Spanish) and a medical interpreter trainer. I work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. Click here to read more about me.

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