A HUDDERSFIELD'S health trust is turning to the continent to help deal with a surge of foreign patients.
The town's primary care trust has been forced to recruit two French interpreters to work with patients and are advertising the posts.
The move comes after an influx of asylum seekers from parts of North Africa created a new demand for the language in the area.
Previous interpreting services - charged at £25 a time - became too expensive for the trust to retain.
The part-time interpreters, who will be offered salaries of £12,187 to £14,146 pro rata, are to be based in the public health department at Huddersfield's Princess Royal Community Health Centre.
They will provide communication between healthcare workers, patients and their families across Huddersfield and Calderdale.
A spokesman for Huddersfield Central PCT said: "There has been a recent surge in the number of requests for French interpreters.
"We have found in the past when we have had an increase in demand for a particular language it is cheaper to employ our own staff. We will therefore be providing a more cost effective and quality service."