Foreign language speakers
If you have difficulty understanding Dutch, the doctor will determine whether an interpreter is needed. If an interpreter is medically necessary, you can use the 'tolkentelefoon' (interpreter phone) by calling 088 - 255 52 22. The nurse can provide more information on this.
An on-site interpreter is another available option. This is an
alternative offered by the Tolk- en vertaalcentrum Nederland
(TVCN), an interpretation and translation organisation.
With difficult and complicated circumstances, such as a 'bad news' consultation, it is best to have the interpreter be present. Also, if you want to demonstrate something or if several people are present during the consultation, it is advisable to arrange for an on-site interpreter via the TVCN.