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Health guide given in 17 languages

An online guide which offers advice on Scotland's health service will be available in 17 languages in an attempt to offer an "innovative" service.

It aims to help thousands of people, including migrants, people who use English as a second language, and people with low literacy, access the correct healthcare.

Users of the guide, which is also available on DVD, will be able to find GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists, as well as advice on out-of-hours care and community-based services, including nurses, sexual health services and mental health services.

Footage inside the NHS and the stories of five different patients and their families will guide users through what services are available.

It was produced for the NHS by Health Rights Information Scotland, a project based at Consumer Focus Scotland, with funding from the Scottish Government.

Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "It is important for our health service to be innovative in the way we address the needs of all patients across Scotland.

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