About Our Database

Our cloud-based software makes use of a database of hand-compiled phrases that we have translated by professional translators in a 4-stage development process. The last stage of this process is testing by a UK qualified pharmacist who is literate in the translated language. The current list of available languages:

»Punjabi (Gurmukhi)

If you would like to see how to use the software for directions, please click here.

About The Founders

Written Medicine was founded in 2012 on the principles of increasing patient access to medical information. Working in pharmacies on the high street in London's vibrant multicultural communities presents a persistent communication barrier where patients don't speak English. Our aim is to improve the current state of affairs where these patients are excluded from the benefits provided by the established health infrastructure for not being proficient in English.

Ghalib Khan Dip HE

Ghalib Khan Dip HE: Ghalib is a former pharmacy dispenser and manager, with over 10 years of experience in the industry and has a Diploma in Medical Sciences from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the founder and Chairman of Down Central, a charity that helps in the early nurturing of Down Syndrome children. He has in-depth pharmacy knowledge and has been the driving force behind the expansion of our network of contacts within the industry.

Dr. Murtada Alsaif MPharm, PhD

Murtada is a practicing pharmacist with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He gained his MPharm at the School of Pharmacy, UCL, and has recently completed a PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He understands the environment in which the company's products would be useful and where problems might arise. In the past few years, his positive attitude has led him to various successes in securing scholarships, winning academic prizes and publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Tucker McGaw

Tucker is an experienced individual having a multitude of professions under his ever increasing belt, ranging from manufacturing to computer systems analysis and design, and a multitude of programming languages and programs. He graduated with a BSc in Information Technology from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. He has participated in several Open Source projects and is an active member of several online and offline communities.


Matthew Swindells

Matthew has 25 years of experience in healthcare executive leadership roles and working with the National Health Service, UK government and the private sector. Matthew was the Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office, Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Health and was NHS England’s Deputy Chief Executive and National Director of Operations and Information. He also has extensive leadership experience in healthcare information technology and digital, holding roles as a Chief Information Officer in the NHS and Senior Vice President of Population Health and Global Strategy at Cerner for six years. He is currently a visiting professor at Imperial College’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and Council member at the University of Hull.

Matthew works closely with the Written Medicine leadership team and advises them on strategy, growth and product development.

Stephen Grabiner (Business strategy)

Stephen is the former head of Global Media at Apax Partners. Prior to Apax, Stephen was chief executive of ONDigital Plc and managing director of the Telegraph Plc. He also spent time at Express Newspapers in the 1990's. He was recently appointed to the board of directors at The Times Newspapers - , the first director to have been named since James Murdoch left the company last September.

He is involved as an advisor and supporter to a wide range of community charities.

Michael Holden FRPharmS

Michael Holden read pharmacy at Portsmouth School of Pharmacy. He was awarded a BSc Pharm in 1976 and completed his pre-registration year in Lancashire, England.

Following a number of years in various practise and management positions, Michael established his own community pharmacy group in Hampshire, England between 1988 and 2003. He then set up a consultancy to support organisational development and change in community pharmacy. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Michael was the Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association from January 2011 to October 2014 before establishing MH Associates and operating as a consultant working with the profession, government bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and related stakeholders across the world.

Michael has always been actively involved in the expansion of innovative community pharmacy services and developing the evidence base for pharmacy interventions. He is one of the principal drivers behind the development and implementation of the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative and continues to champion and support expansion of the concept at a national and global level. He is an active advocate of an expanded role for the profession in health and wellbeing and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Michael was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in March 2011; he is married with three daughters and lives in Hampshire, England.

Keith Moffitt (Linguistic Advisor)

Keith is currently Chair of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and sits on the governing body of City Lit. He has over 40 years of experience in various leadership roles in politics, local government, international affairs and professional membership bodies. He currently specialises in modern language translations and consultancy, and speaks French, German and Brazilian Portuguese.

An alumnus of The University of Salford, he holds a first class honours degree in Modern Languages (French & German) and a postgraduate Diploma in Translation (Portuguese).

He was a Liberal Democrat Councillor for West Hampstead for 20 years and Leader of Camden Council 2006-2010. He previously held various positions at British Coal, dealing with EU and corporate affairs. During that time he was for several years Chair of the Working Party on Coal Trade at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Mark Duman

Mark is a rare blend of clinician, management consultant and patient advocate. He works with organisations to help them realise the full benefit of their services and products, especially through the oft untapped potential of patients and the public. At the King's Fund, Mark promoted shared decision making, founded the Ask About Medicines campaign and authored 'Producing Patient Information'. In the BBC, he developed a range of behavioural change interventions to improve health and lifestyle.

Following roles in publishing and telecoms, Mark consulting clients include AstraZeneca, Cancer Research UK, Care Quality Commission, Department of Health, Microsoft, NHS England, Scholl, Tunstall Group and UCB Pharma.

Advisory roles include the Ministerial Industry Strategy Group on Medicines Access, NHS Alliance People Powered Innovation Group and Health Education England's Patient Advisory Forum. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Patient Information Forum, and a full-time Director at Monmouth Partners Ltd.

Mark is a long-term condition patient and a carer, and happily lives in Manchester, England (despite being Scottish).