ESL Doctors Conversations

When you are abroad you hope you do not get ill, but if you do these ESL doctors conversations could help. They will show you the sort of speaking that you will need to do when booking an appointment or seeing the doctor.

If you need to visit a hospital you might need to know esl doctors conversations.

These conversations complement the ESL doctors vocabulary. You can use the vocabulary list to look up the definitions of any of the words you do not know.

There are two example conversations for you to read or you can watch the videos of the conversations that are included below each one. Then there are some exercises for you to do to practice your understanding of the ESL doctors conversations. The exercises are:

  • Filling in the blanks with the correct phrase in a conversation.
  • Writing your own conversation.
  • Conversation topics so you can have a conversation with a friend.

Conversation 1

Situation: Jane is unwell and visits the doctor.

Doctor: Hi, what’s wrong?
Jane: I feel unwell and keep vomiting all the time.
Doctor: How long have you felt like this?
Jane: Nearly two days. It started just before going to bed the day before yesterday.
Doctor: Let me examine you. I will press on your stomach to see if it hurts and then listen to your heart.
Jane: Ok. It doesn’t hurt when you press my stomach. I just feel tired.
Doctor: Ok. Did you eat anything different from usual before you started to feel this way?
Jane: Yes my boyfriend cooked dinner for me. He isn’t a very good cook and the food tasked a bit strange.
Doctor: You’ve got food poisoning. It is not very serious and you should be better in another day.
Jane: Oh dear, what should I do.
Doctor: You need to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.
Jane: Ok, thank you doctor.
Doctor: You’re welcome. If you are not better in 48 hours come and see me again.

Conversation 2

Situation: Andrew does not have an appointment and needs to see the doctor urgently.

Andrew: Cough, cough. I’d like to see the doctor please.
Receptionist: Do you have an appointment and what’s your name?
Andrew: No I don’t have an appointment. My name is Andrew Jones. I’m registered as a patient of Doctor Crow.
Receptionist: Doctor Crow is making house calls all morning and all the other doctors have a full schedule of appointments all morning. Make an appointment and come back tomorrow.
Andrew: Surely there must be something today. I really am very ill. I feel awful.
Receptionist: Someone might cancel an appointment. You can sit and wait if you want to.

Receptionist: Mr. Jones, the doctor will see you now. Please go to consulting room number 3.

Doctor: Good morning Mr. Jones. What is wrong?
Andrew: Morning. I feel very ill. I am coughing and sneezing, I have feel hot and cold all the time and eating makes me feel sick.
Doctor: Let me take your temperature. How long have you had the symptoms?
Andrew: They started about a day ago.
Doctor: Yes your temperature is very high. You have the flu. You’ll have to go home and stay in bed until it gets better. Drink lots of water.
Andrew: Can you give me some medicine?
Doctor: I can give you something to reduce your fever but you just need to get bed rest. I will write you a prescription and you can collect the medicine from the pharmacy.
Andrew: Ok, thank you.

ESL Doctors Conversation Exercises

Once you have read and watched the above esl doctors conversations and learnt the conversation vocabulary you can do the three following exercises for practice.

Exercise 1 – Fill in the Blanks

Fill-in the blanks in the following conversation using the options provided in the 5 question below.

Situation: Lucy visits the doctor to get some test results.

Receptionist: Good morning, _________ (1) _________
Lucy: Yes I do. My name is Lucy Smith and my appointment is at 10.30 am.
Receptionist: Yes, thank you. _________ (2) _________ and the GP will see you as soon as she is free.
Lucy: Thank you.
Receptionist: Ms. Smith, _________ (3) _________

Doctor: Good morning Ms. Smith. I have your test results here.
Lucy: Good. I hope that everything is alright.
Doctor: Yes everything is ok. There are no major problems. I would suggest that you try not to eat too much food with a lot of cholesterol in it.
Lucy: Oh dear. Is my cholesterol level too high?
Doctor: It is quite high and you should try to stop it getting any higher.
Lucy: Ok. _________ (4) _________ to help reduce the cholesterol?Doctor: No. It isn’t too high so it would be better for you to lead a healthier lifestyle rather than take medicine.
Lucy: Ok doctor I will try.
Doctor: Ok that will be good.
Lucy: Thank you doctor. I’ll make another appointment _________ (5) _________

ESL Doctors Conversation

Choose the best option (A-D) in the following five questions to fill in the blanks in the doctors conversation given above.

1) Which option is the best to fill in the first blank?
        A) do you have an appointment?
        B) what do you want?
        C) what is the matter?
        D) do you want me to diagnose you?
2) Which option is the best to fill in the second blank?
        A) Please take a seat in the waiting room
        B) Please wait outside
        C) Please go to the hospital
        D) Please come back tomorrow
3) Which option is the best to fill in the third blank?
        A) please come back tomorrow.
        B) please let me examine you now.
        C) please go to consulting room one.
        D) please tell me your symptoms.
4) Which option is the best to fill in the fourth blank?
        A) Can you diagnose me something
        B) Can the receptionist prescribe me some medicine
        C) Will I be ok to go to work
        D) Can you prescribe me some medicine
5) Which option is the best to fill in the fifth blank?
        A) if I need to come and see you at the surgery again.
        B) if you need to come and make a house call to see me.
        C) if I want to see a specialist about this.
        D) if everything is ok and I feel fine.

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Exercise 2 – Write a Conversation

Now try to write an esl doctors conversation yourself. This should be between two or three people and be related to visiting a doctor. A couple of ideas could be a patient visiting a pharmacy to get their prescription or a mother taking her son or daughter to see the doctor.

Exercise 3 – Conversation Topics

Below you have two sets of esl doctors conversation questions. With a friend discuss the topics. One person should have set of questions A and the other set B. Try to give long answers and use as much of the vocabulary you have learnt as possible.

You can also download the questions on conversation cards by clicking the following picture.

If you would like more conversation cards, then you can download my ‘80 ESL Conversation Cards’ ebook. This has 80 cards with five questions each. Half of them will never be published anywhere else.

Question set A

  • How often do you visit the doctor?
  • Do you think it is important for people have health checks from a doctor regularly?
  • Would you like to be a doctor?
  • What should happen when a doctor makes a mistake?
  • Do you think doctors are important, why?

Question set B

  • Is it better to see a doctor in a clinic or a hospital?
  • How long do doctors have to train for?
  • Have you ever had to visit a specialist doctor?
  • Do you know anyone who is a doctor?
  • What do you think is the best part of being a doctor?

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