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Help for Welsh speakers in Healthcare

A new strategy that will strengthen Welsh language services to meet the care needs of Welsh speakers, their families and cares has been launched.

Many Welsh speakers can only express their care needs effectively through the medium of Welsh. Sometimes, people suffering from dementia or have a stroke often lose a grasp of their second language. The Welsh government hopes to strengthen welsh language services in health and social services which to improve the quality of care by ensuring those who provide services recognize that it is their responsibility to respond to people’s need or wish to be cared for through the medium welsh.

Sharon Evans, who is working at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said:”Using first language to discuss personal health and emotional matters will make people feel more comfortable.”