Interpreting services are available for you and your child, provided by qualified interpreters in many languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian. We also provide interpreters in American Sign Language.

If you or your child has limited English or communicates with ASL, please ask your doctor or nurse to contact us, and an interpreter will be provided at no cost to you.

Special Needs

If you or your child has difficulty hearing or speaking, you can use our pay phone TTYs (teletypewriters) – also known as TDDs (telecommunication devices for the deaf). They're available throughout UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

We also provide bedside TTYs, phone amplifiers and pocket talkers for patients. Hospital operators are available 24 hours a day by TTY. Call the TTY operator at (415) 885-3889 (415-885-3TTY).

Audiobooks are provided for visually impaired hospital patients. Call Volunteer Services at (415) 353-1196.

For other services or special requests, please ask your nurse or call Patient Relations at (415) 353-1936.

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To request an interpreter, please ask your doctor or nurse.