The overseas travel is easy to forget the most important thing – health. English School TreeWords prepared an overview of useful words and phrases to help you at a reception at the doctor in case of emergency. Forewarned is forearmed!


Contact your doctor

Independently you can call a doctor using a mobile phone.

The rooms:

911 – the United States;
112 – Europe and other countries.
Call these numbers can be a negative balance, and even without a SIM card.

Once you answer the operator, tell him « I of an need an ambulance» , name address, and you will send an ambulance. Be careful: in some countries, the emergency call can cost a round sum, so that the call only in an emergency.

If your case is not such an emergency, you can contact the hotel manager.

Use phrases like:

I need a doctor. – I need a doctor.
Please, get me a doctor. – Please, call me a doctor.
The administrator may ask you:

What’s the problem? – What is the problem?
What are your complaints? – What are you complaining about?
Do you have medical insurance? – Do you have health insurance?
How to describe what the problem

These phrases you can use in conversation with the administrator to more accurately describe their problem, and in a conversation with the doctor directly. Say « I of have» + what fits from the list below:

an illness – a disease, usually of short duration;
a disease – severe and sometimes fatal illness;
an injury – Physical injury (contusion, fracture);
a backache – pain in the back;
a toothache – toothache;
a headache – headache;
an earache – earache;
a stomachache – abdominal pain;
a burn – a burn;
a sore throat – sore throat;
a sickness – nausea;
a rash – a rash;
insomnia – insomnia;
a cut – cut;
a fever – high fever;
a cough – cough;
a pain in chest – pain in the chest.
In another way, their condition can be described as follows:

to feel dizzy – experience dizziness;
to vomit – tear;
swollen – swollen;
bleeding – bleeding;
high (low) pressure – high (low) pressure.
If suddenly you can not remember the right word, just say « It hurts found here » ( «It hurts here”) and point out problem areas.

What to ask the doctor

For the correct diagnosis doctor need from you more information, so he can ask (ask):

What have you eaten (drunk)? – What are you eating (drinking)?
Has this ever happened before? – This had happened before?
Please, take off your clothes. – Please remove the clothing.
Does it hurt when I press this spot? – When I click here, you sick?
Open your mouth. – Open your mouth.
What is your temperature? – What’s your temperature?
Take a deep breath. – Breathe deeply.
Sometimes, additional studies may be needed for greater certainty.

You need to have an X-Ray. – You need to do an x-ray.
You should have a blood (urine) test. – Turn in the blood (urine) for analysis.
You need to have an ultrasound scan. – You need an ultrasound.
You need to see a specialist. – You should see a specialist.
Doctors are divided on the GP ( general of practitioners – GPs) and Specialists (narrow specialists).


The list of the most common diseases:

the flu – influenza;
cold – cold;
food poisoning – food poisoning;
an allergy – allergy;
a bug (virus) – infection;
a heart attack – a heart attack;
a stroke – a stroke;
appendicitis – appendicitis;
pneumonia – pneumonia;
a fracture – a fracture.
doctor Recommendation

After all the necessary research and diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe a course of treatment and will give the recipe ( prescription ).

It can give you these tips:

You should follow a diet. – You need to stick to a diet.
Stay in bed for a few days and take your medicine. – Stay in bed for several days and take medication.
Come back next week so I can check how you are. – Come next week, so I will verify your status.
Take these pills twice a day. – Take these pills twice a day.
You will have to stay in hospital for a few days. – You will need to stay in hospital for several days.
You should take some antibiotics. – You need to take antibiotics.
At the pharmacy

There are three most commonly used words that denote pharmacy: drugstore , a chemist’s and a pharmacy . The latter can be seen on the streets of Spain, Italy and other countries in Europe in a slightly different spelling, but the word like. Drugstore is more common in the United States, and a chemist’s – in the UK.

So, you have come to the pharmacy, and here is a list of words that you may need:

medicine (drug) – a medicine;
an antibiotic – an antibiotic;
drops – drops;
painkiller – painkillers;
ointment – ointment;
a bandage – bandage, bandage;
antifebrile – antipyretic.
Now you have the most necessary words and expressions to call a doctor, explaining the essence of the problem and the purchase of medicines in a pharmacy.