How Do You Talk To The Doctor In English?

Okay so I thought it might be really
fun if… You’ve seen my videos, right? Yeah yeah
You know I have costumes?
Yes! Let’s imagine you come to London and then you have a pain or some problem
that you really need a doctor for What do you do? How do you describe things? What might your doctor say and how do you understand everything? and like that, we’re in your doctor’s
surgery! studio magic! this is my doctor surgery, but it’s very similar to the set we
were chatting on It’s so similar but it’s not! So one thing I love that you do
on your channel is that you’ll watch an episode of house and you kind of try and
diagnose the patient but you explain it in such an easy way. I thought
maybe we could practice something like that I’ll have a symptom and maybe you
can diagnose me?
Sure, let’s do it! In this scenario as well if you
are struggling with English we always have options to get interpreters as well
you know in hospital we can often get another member of staff who can sit in
who may be able to speak the language or we can get people on the phone so that’s
always an option we can use So that’s an option then?
Absolutely! You could have an interpreter?
Exactly! Perfect. But! You should try! Why not? So first of all whenever we talk to a patient the first thing we want to
explore is ask you about what’s brought you in so Tell me about what’s been going on.
Tell me about what’s brought you in today. Okay well for two days I’ve been having cramps so notice grammatically I said I’ve been
having cramps I used present perfect because it’s from
a past time until now I’ve been having cramps okay so with all symptoms
something that a medical thing that’s going on that’s what we call a symptom
with the doctor we want to explore that symptom in more detail okay so with this
particular one and ask you where do you have the pain and it feels like it’s in
the bottom of my stomach in the lower part of my stomach okay so the stomach
we actually think of being quite high up but actually people think the stomach
means the whole of the abdomen whole of the tummy as well but we can use it
interchangeably so that’s why it’s important for us it doesn’t matter if
you use these language terms we have to identify that and find out so I might
say can you show me where you’re having the pain so you could get me to point
out I told you I was stupid so but no that’s really interesting so
in English we say my stomach or my belly just this whole area is my stomach or my
belly mm-hmm right okay cool so so I know where the pain is now right and I’m
a and you’ve given me a bit of a hint that’s been going on for two days so
with this I’d want to know what I’d call the Fido so I want to know its frequency
so I’d ask you how often do you have to paint it’s about every every hour and it
lasts about 10 minutes okay good so within that as well you’ve also given me
the duration so that’s the D and Fido so you give me the frequency so how often
you get it and you’ve given me the duration so when you get it how long it
lasts for so the eye is for the intensity so I’d like you to give me a
score like how at worst how bad is the pain okay so in general it’s about a 5
but last night it was so bad that I fainted too faint means you lose
consciousness you fall over or another phrasal verb to pass out so I could say
last night the pain was so bad I passed out ok so I want to explore those
symptoms of what led you to pass out but we’ll leave that for the moment so the O
stands for the onset so tell me about what happened when it first came on okay
so for about a week it’s been hurting a little bit but progressively over time
it’s it has been getting worse okay fine so with this particular symptom I’d want
to ask a few more questions we actually use a slightly different framework but
this isn’t a medical thing we’d normally use Socrates so a few more mnemonics to
explore but one of the things in Socrates is does the pain radiates
anywhere so radiate means does it move from one place to another so you said
the pains here so does the pain go anywhere else and yes it’s moved to the
side now okay fine and have you had any changes in your urine or any changes
opening your bowels nope they are beautiful
very good so we will kind of end that particular roleplay thing there right
because we kind of I’d worry about something like an appendicitis so you’re
a young person with abdominal pain that started centrally and is now radiated to
the side now and that’s what we’d worry about in that circumstance and you’d
also have other symptoms so feel generally unwell fevers but because the
pain made you pass out you know that’s the type of thing we’d be looking at
okay what happens next like what questions would I expect yeah so then
I’d want to know about any medical conditions you have so your past medical
history how does that question go so I’d say anything that you see your
doctor regular belt or any medical conditions you have will say no cool and
then I’d ask any previous operations you’ve had okay and I had my tonsils
removed a few years ago is that relevant it is relevant because although it may
not be relevant to this body system we know that you may have had certain
medications certain anesthetic drugs that we know you’re probably comfortable
having again okay so then after we’ve done the kind of looked at your past
medical history and past surgical history I talked about any medications
that you’re on so I’d ask you any drugs that you take regularly so this is an
interesting thing so you said drugs now if your doctor asks you about your what
drugs you take probably you don’t mean heroin that would still be important to
tell your doctor but when we talk about drugs we’re not talking about illicit
drugs so drugs you smoke or drugs you inject we’re talking about medications
you take okay treat medical conditions right so do I take medication we don’t
say I eat a pill or I eat medicine we’d say I take the medicine or if it’s maybe
long-term I could say I’m on the medicine name so I don’t know last month
I was on antibiotics for an infection fine and then within the when I’m
exploring your medications I’d want to know about any allergies any drug
allergies okay perfect now if I have an allergy I use this structure I’m
allergic to name of thing so this is true I’m allergic to penicillin
okay I’ve just told everyone how to kill me
that’s all right we won’t be giving you that you should
be given in that you could also say I have an allergy to penicillin or I have
a penicillin allergy so the last thing we talked about in the history after
we’ve done the drug history we talked about your family history so ask you if
you have any medical conditions that run in your family
nope we’re pretty we’re a healthy Bunch good good good and then we’d ask about
your social history so I’d basically keep it very open so I’d say what job do
you do I’m a teacher yeah and I say have you had any foreign travel recently um I
went on holiday to Italy okay and but no we’re sort of outside of that
in the last few months no cool and then I’ll ask do you smoke
cigarettes no have you ever smoked cigarettes no okay and do you drink
alcohol yes so they’re not ask you what you
typically drink in a week um maybe I have one or two beers a week okay so one
or two pints of beers yeah okay fine so there’s about three units in a beer so
I’d say you have about six units of alcohol a week so that may be relevant
but in those quantities cool okay and the last thing we should be talking
about is any concerns you have so how are you feeling is there any particular
worries you have because very often people know it’s not just they come with
illness they have preconceived ideas and worries about why they’re coming to the
doctor right it would always be an opportunity so I’d say is there anything
worrying units brought you in today yeah I’ve probably got cancer that’s always
my that’s always my worry if anything hurts I’m dying
I’ve got cans and I’ll google it you’re so right
google often doesn’t help these things because caps can have lots of symptoms
but a doctor will be able to take a look at the whole picture and be able to
reassure you okay so I don’t have cancer with the given symptoms here it would be
very low down on – okay good that’s that’s put my mind ease so then after
we’ve done our history would then do an examination of you so in this instance
with the abdominal pain we’d probably want to take some observations so check
your blood pressure check your heart rate
measure your temperature and a few other things and also want to have a feel of
your tummy or your belly as we said earlier and then from there organize
some investigations like blood tests and possibly a scan you as a patient you
might say I’m going to have a blood test or what would you say is a doctor how
would you tell me that so we can say I’m going to take a blood test or take some
of your blood or take a blood sample it’s it’s very much a take action
because you’ll give it us something right you’re not borrowing and finally
might I need surgery okay for with this particular condition yeah we’re thinking
about absolutely I mean that this would be an emergency so if you were presented
to your family doctor we’d want to refer you into the hospital for these blood
tests and for the scan because we can do that very quickly we can’t do them in a
GP practice straight away and then from there you will certainly be under the
surgical team to rule out the possibility of needing surgery okay but
if I do need surgery the way I can say it is I’m going to have surgery or have
an operation or have an operation seat now you’re an English teacher that’s it
so let’s get out of your practice let’s go of your surgery yup and we’re back
back in the studio I asked you guys to send me your questions about medicine in
the UK and any medical questions that you might have we’ll answer them for you
so let’s have a look…

100 thoughts on “How Do You Talk To The Doctor In English?

  1. You should do a video of going to the hairdressers …. getting a haircut is always stressful, even more so in a foreign language! 💇🏻

  2. 😍😍Nice video.. Thank you so much papa🖤
    I wish that I have a lot of free time so I can translate your videos into Arabic.. But I will do that soon God willing💪

  3. I would have needed this doctor 8 years ago when I went from a simple gastroenteritis to a peritonitis (in 24h hours) due to a bad diagnosis…. And after surgery I developed a nocosomial pneumonia (Hospital Acquired Pneumonia) with a pleural efussion.
    So there you go, more vocabulary. I had to learn it when I moved to England whenever I went to the hospital, when they asked me about surgeries and major injuries:

    1. Peritonitis: it is a massive infection. It can be caused for example when the apendicitis bursts (explodes, breaks). It's very dangerous and if not taken it on time it can end up in a massive septicemia (a massive failure affecting tissues and organs). It can kill you and it's very very painful (I will never forget that pain).

    2. Gastroenteritis: it's the inflammation of the gastro intestinal tract. Can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Usually you just need to have a plain dietary plan and it should be back to normal within a few days. It causes dehydration.

    3. Pneumonia: infection in the lungs. It usually has pus, and there's a need of antibiotics to kill the infection, however it can take longer if it's viral, as antibiotics can't fight them.

    4. Pleural efussion: when your lung/s fills up with pleural liquid (this liquid is normally and safely stored around the chest area, and they keep the lungs lubricated). Sometimes they need drainage (I needed this), sometimes it's very little and the body gets rid of it by itself.

  4. You've got our backs, as always! Interpreters are unneceessary for this Channel's followers!😎….ehm…don't get the correlation between the camouflaged shirt and the medical vocabulary…😅

  5. Thanks for the new lesson! Your videos help my brother and me to expand our English after returning to Russia from the UK!

  6. Wow Aly! Very useful and practical as always. Thanks so much. Actually, I had a little accident while in the UK and it wasn't easy to be precise and accurate about the symtoms as I was in pain. You definetely need to know how to refer how you feel and some basic vocabulary.

  7. For three weeks I've been having a cold with cough 🙁
    The doctor is very clear, I'm going to see his channel – thanks a lot!

  8. 1:40 his face is like they're in real hospital, and that's not a video, and his patient just start to grammaticly explain his speach.

  9. Hi Papa…
    When I searched a paediatric to my baby I felt very confused with uk health system.
    If possible you may explain better how NHS or a GP works.

  10. I am so happy that I have a smart teacher. And Also I would like to thank, for your interesting lessons preparing.

  11. Please do one video on how to discuss your child's learning with his/ hair school teacher! It's hard to discuss absences , misplaced PE kit or homework with a teacher.

  12. Aly, you are such an eclectic Teacher, you always manage to surprise us in one way or another. Spiffing video lesson, thanks very much! (I learned this adjective from the splendid Lucy 😃). And big thanks to Dr. Ed Hope too.
    P.S.: For the stomach I suggest you to drink a huge cup of marigold herbal tea every evening 🙂

  13. You should NEVER say or imply that if a person has cancer,that person is dying.Many people are watching around the world, they may be struggling with it themselves and I don't think they'd like to be told there's no hope for them. Despite that comment, I loved the video.Very useful and informative, as usual.

  14. Thanks buddy,really useful,my wife is pregnant and soon we gonna have a daughter(half Asian,half Europe 😁) keep going man!👍🏼 greetings from Ro 🇷🇴

  15. Heyy…you made a nice video..i love it…now i want to ask to a doctor that i have a lower back pain 😢..for 2-3 years…and important thing is that I'm only 20 years old…

  16. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" ……… I'll have an apple everyday so that I don't have to talk to a doctor ever 😂

  17. You've had your tonsils removed !!!!! Me too !!!
    I mean the doctor has told my parents for a surgery of my tonsils otherwise I may have cancer 😭
    Love y'all here … Goodbye

  18. Well.. As a Real GP that stationed at ER, please teach me how to explain to my patients about "how to take your drugs or medications".
    I once had a patient from India, and I told him "please take this thrice a day" and he didn't understand (no offense), so I changed to "take this three times a day", is that correct?.
    And any other term like "once every 2 days", or how to apply cream or ointment and etc …
    I mean how to make it simple so my patients could understand.

    Terima kasih, Thank you💕

  19. Thanks soo much for your video. It so helpful here. Now if I went to doctors I could fearlessly say to them what problems I have. I m so grateful that I can follow you and study with you.

  20. Would you consider making a video about dentist ? 🙂 for most people visits at the dental practice might be frightening, any extra vocabulary would be helpful, thanks

  21. Like always, very good and very useful.
    My comment and suggest for you dear papa is, try to make your videos a little bit shorter. 👌

  22. I love how both of them are appreciating each other's knowledge and showing interest in what the other says. It shows how humble and genuine they are. Thanks for the video, I learnt a lot from it even as a medschool student. 😍

  23. When I travel, I usually feel Ill so I have been visited by the doctor in my hotel in London and in San Francisco. I think it's easier to speak with a British doctor. They speak slower.

  24. That could be useful one day. What I'd like to know: Do I have to pay when I come to the doctor? I know, in the EU there are some mutual agreements but I've never been sick abroaf so I don't know exactly! And what's going to happen after Brexit?

  25. A big 👏 for both of you. I really appreciated the way you've been describing every single words like : taking medicine, passed out/ faintef out and so on. The most interesting things that has pleased me a lot is the written sentences with words highlighted. 👍🙋

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