Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Conversation in English at Hospital

A conversation between a patient's attendant/relative and the doctor:

Arokya : Doctor, what is wrong with my mother?
Doctor : She has typhoid. I want you to monitor her temperature.
Arokya : How often should I check her temperature?
Doctor : Once every four hours.
Arokya : What diet should I give her?
Doctor : Only liquid diet.
Arokya : When should I bring her for the review?
Doctor : After three days.


monitor : watch carefully for a period of time
review : (here) check again

A conversation between an anxious patient and a doctor, before an operation:

Patient : Is the surgery a major one?
Doctor : Yes, it is.
Patient : How long will it take?
Doctor : 1 1/2 ? hours.
Patient : Will I be given a local or general anaesthetic?
Doctor : General.
Patient : Will there be any after-effects?
Doctor : Except for weakness and a little nausea,
you'll be fine.
Patient : Will it be painful afterwards ?
Doctor : Yes. But don't worry, you' ll be given pain-killers.
Patient : What will be the cost of the surgery?
Doctor : Rs.75,000/- including post-operative care.


local anaesthetic : a drug that causes loss of feeling in one part of the body
general anaesthetic : a drug that causes unconsciousness
after-effects : effects that follow the primary action of something
post-operative : relating to the period after surgery

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