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Shanghai dialect employed in hospital service

SHANGHAI dialect has become an official language in Shanghai Ren'ai Hospital, apart from Chinese mandarin and English service.

Local patients can speak to doctors and nurses at the reception desk and out-patient clinics in Shanghai dialect. For doctors who don't speak Shanghai dialect, nurses can be the interpreter.

Hospital officials said the new effort aims to make visiting doctors more convenient for local patients, especially the seniors many of whom can't speak fluent mandarin.

Doctors said good communication is the base of effective treatment and speaking Shanghai dialect can help with such communication during the medical check.

Some other hospitals have also realized the problem. Huadong Hospital has offered courses to teach its medical staff Shanghai dialect.


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