Duke International Patient Center
120 Baker House
Duke University Hospital
Durham, NC 27710
Voice: 919-684-5191 or 919-681-3007
E-mail: Don Harden, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Duke International Patient Center is dedicated to assisting you before, during, and after your stay in the United States and ensuring that your experience with Duke is a positive one. Our role is to help you become as independent and comfortable as possible during your stay.
From the time you contact us, our specially trained patient representatives will act as your main liaison with Duke and ensure effective communication between you and your care providers.
Non-English-speaking patients will be accompanied by medical escorts who help patients and Duke staff establish comfortable, supportive relationships that promote the best possible medical care.
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Interpreter services for a number of languages are available for patients. The medical interpreter staff is bilingual and bicultural. We are trained to interpret in a medical setting according to accepted national standards while remaining sensitive to the cross-cultural issues of our patients.
Our services include representatives fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish. If we don't have interpreters on-site for a language, Duke University Hospital uses a telephone service provided by Cyracom that offers 150 languages for your convenience.
Duke’s letters of consent, discharge instructions, and other medical documents for treatment can be translated into the appropriate language for patient use by the Duke International Patient Center.
For more information about this service, please call 919-681-3007. Advance notice is recommended to ensure that we can best meet the needs of the patient. Services are free to patients.
International patients who contact the center will be asked to provide a copy of the most current medical information related to their clinical condition. Medical information already translated into English is required in order to complete the review and scheduling process.
Highly qualified staff who are fully acquainted with Duke University Medical Center’s various departments and specialties will refer each inquiry to the appropriate department and schedule the earliest appointment convenient for both patient and physician.
Medical information may be faxed directly to the International Patient Center at 919-684-5192.
Duke University Medical Center will support your medical visa application by working with United States embassies or consulates in your country to provide documentation of your pending medical treatment and appointment.
The Center will make every effort to expedite the processing of your visa. However, only the embassy or consulate concerned can approve a visa application.
Duke University Medical Center requires a copy of your passport upon arrival and before your first scheduled appointment.
The staff can advise you of the most convenient connections to reach Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where a Duke representative will meet you and your accompanying family members upon your arrival.
Although shuttles to and from Duke are available from some local housing facilities, many visitors prefer the convenience of their own transportation. Therefore, we strongly recommend that patients, family members, and escorts bring international driver’s licenses with them.
Your Duke representative will be able to assist you in renting a car.
In addition to our own lodging facilities, the Duke International Patient Center maintains relationships with a number of hotels and residential businesses. After you arrive, a Duke representative will work with you to identify accommodations that best suit your needs.
Duke representatives meet with each patient and his or her family shortly after arrival to discuss their stay. This extensive orientation covers the immediate medical plan, financial arrangements, and an introduction to the Durham community and resources on Duke's campus.
Our representatives are also familiar with particular ethnic, religious, and cultural customs, including dietary and religious observances.
International patient referrals are examined and assessed by a specialized medical staff so that cost estimates for treatment can be provided to patients before they travel to Duke.
In order to improve the accuracy of quotes, patients will be asked to provide their most recent medical records or diagnosis in English.
The clinical coordinator will provide estimates and deposit information to ensure his or her understanding of charges and costs. A deposit in the full amount of the estimate is required in order to schedule your first appointment. In addition, the center makes a special effort to clarify the scope of coverage for patients sponsored by government or embassy agencies.