At the hospital

At the hospital

“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”

Henny Youngman, an American comedian and violinist


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  1. a nurses’ station
  2. a nurse
  3. an intensive care unit – the department of a hospital for people who are so ill or badly injured that they need to have special medical care and be watched very closely
  4. an IV / an intravenous /ˌɪntrəˈviːnəsdrip
  5. an operating room
  6. an X-ray
  7. an anesthesiologist /ænɪsθiːziɒlədʒɪst/
  8. an operating table
  9. blood /blʌd/
  10. a surgeon
  11. an operation
  12. latex /ˈleɪteks/ gloves
  13. a (surgical) mask
  14. a lab / laboratory /ləˈbɒrət(ə)ri/
  15. a lab technician
  16. a doctor
  17. a visitor
  18. a patient
  19. a bedpan
  20. a hospital gown /ɡaʊn/
  21. a call button
  22. an orderly – a person who works in a hospital and does jobs that do not require special medical training
  23. a wheelchair
  24. CPR / cardiopulmonary /ˌkɑːdɪəʊˈpʌlmənərɪ , -mənrɪ, -ˈpʊl-/ resuscitation /rɪˌsʌsɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
  25. an emergency room
  26. a paramedic / an EMT (emergency medical technician)
  27. a stretcher
  28. an ambulance


Kate: When I was 8, I was knocked over by a bike outside my house. Of course, I burst into tears – it was mainly the shock, but I’d cut my knee badly and my arm was starting to swell. People crowded round, trying to help. Fortunately, a doctor was passing by and he sent me to hospital to get checked over. When I got there, the nurse calmed me down, and they cleaned and stitched up the cut. Back at home, Mum took care of me and gave me ice cream. After a day or two, the pain eased off and the swelling went down. They took the stitches out a week later.

  • To knock sb. over – to hit sb. with a vehicle so that they fall and are injured or killed
  • To burst (burst; burst) into tears – to start crying suddenly
  • To check sb. over – to examine sb. to see if there is anything wrong with them
  • To ease off – if something unpleasant (e.g. pain) eases off, it gets better or becomes less
  • To go down (of swelling) – to become less

Tom: Not long ago, I had to go to hospital to have my wisdom teeth out. I hate injections at the best of times, but on this occasion, when they tried to give me anesthetic, I just passed out. I felt stupid when I came to.

  • At the best of times – used to say that sth. is difficult or unpleasant even when the circumstances are good
  • Anesthetic /ˌænəsˈθetɪk/ – a drug or gas that is given to someone before a medical operation to stop them feeling pain
  • To pass out – to lose consciousness
  • To come to – to become conscious again

Mike: I went to the doctor’s surgery with a terrible pain in my foot. The doctor examined me and prescribed painkillers. But after a while, it was obvious that the treatment hadn’t worked, so he sent me to hospital for an X-ray. Eventually, I saw a consultant  who operated on my foot. I spent 6 weeks recuperating at home.

  • Surgery (British English) – a place where people can visit a doctor or a dentist (American English – office)
  • Consultant – a hospital doctor who is an expert in an area of medicine
  • To recuperate /rɪˈkuːpəreɪt/ (from sth.) – to get well again after an illness/injury

Sam: My brother was having severe stomach pain and went to A and E, where they did a scan. He was diagnosed with appendicitis. He was admitted immediately and had an operation, but unfortunately, there were complications. He had to spend a few days on an intensive care ward, and it took him weeks to get over it.

  • A and E (accident and emergency) – emergency department/ward/room
  • Appendicitis /əˌpendɪˈsaɪtɪs/ – an illness in which your appendix becomes infected and has to be removed in a medical operation
  • To admit sb. (to hospital) – to accept sb. in a hospital for medical treatment.
  • Ward – a hospital area with beds
  • To get over sth. – to recover

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