Friday, May 15, 2009

English Conversation - AT A DOCTOR’S CLINIC

English Conversation AT A DOCTOR’S CLINIC
Improve English Speaking through everyday conversation
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English Conversation AT A DOCTOR’S CLINIC

Vikram has had a bad fall Mrs.Verma takes him to Dr.Raman’s Clinic.
Receptionist Good morning, Madam
Mrs.Verma Can I see Dr.Raman? My son has hurt his knee.
Receptionist Do you have an appointment, Madam?
Mrs.Verma No. But then I hadn’t expected my sonto have a fall and hurt himself. I couldn’t have made an appointment for an unexpected accident, could I have? But I must have the child’s wound treated urgently.
Receptionist Don’t get excited, Madam. The doctor does attend to emergencies, though normally the doctor is so busy that he can only see patients who have made prior appointments.
Mrs.Verma Then what shall I do? Shall I go to another hospital?
Receptionist Please wait here, Madam. I’ll fit you in between the appointments. In the mean while, please fill in this form. Is the child’s knee bleeding?
Mrs.Verma No. The bleeding has stopped.
Receptionist Please wait in the waiting room and I’ll
Call you the moment the doctor is free.
Mrs.Verma and Vikram join the group of people sitting in the waiting room. Dr.Raman comes to the door.
Dr.Raman Mrs.Verma?
Mrs.Verma Yes. That’s me. Good morning, Dr.Raman.
Dr. Raman I understand your son has had a fall and has nasty bruise. Come along young man. I’ll have a look at you.
An elderly lady gets up and hurries forward towards the doctor.
Lady Oh Dr.Raman, you can’t see him first. It is my turn. I’ve made an appointment.
Dr.Raman Hello, Mrs.Sonu, I know it is your turn, but this child needs immediate attention. I’ll see you right after I’ve dressed the child’s knee.
Dr.Raman It won’t be long, Mrs.Sonu. Please excuse me for a few minutes. Mrs, Verma, please bring your son into the treatment room.
All three of them go into the treatment room.
Dr.Raman (Examining the wound). This is a nasty
Cut, but not too serious. There is nothing to worry about. I’ll clean it, put some tincture iodine on it and bandage it lightly.
Vikram Oh! That hurts.
Dr.Raman You are a brave boy. I’ll give you an injection to ward off any infection. There you are. That is a good boy.
Mrs.Verma Will he be all right doctor? Aren’t you going to give any medicines?
Dr.Raman There is no need for any medicines. He’ll, be all right. The knee will be all right. The knee will be a bit stiff for a few days. In case gets fever or the pain is too severe, give him one of these tablets?
Mrs.Verma After how many hours do I give him one of these tablets?
Dr.Raman Don’t give him a tablet unless he feels very uncomfortable with pain. Give the tablet is he gets fever. Then come and see me again in the morning. These tablets are only a precaution.
Mrs.Verma Do you think he’ll get fever, doctor?
Dr.Raman No. Don’t worry. I think he’ll be all right. But in case he does get a temperature, then come back to me again. Well, young man, be careful the next time you get off a bus.
Mrs.Verma Where do I pay your consultation fees and for the medicines?
Dr.Raman At the reception counter, Madam. Goodbye.
Mrs.Verma Thank you very much, doctor.
Vikram Thanks, Doctor Raman


bitter grateful
seriously naughty
prescription cough


to bear to catch cold
to look after to take the temperature


clinic a place giving medical treatment or advice to
Out –patients
appointment a fixed engagement or time given.
accident unexpected event, a mishap or unfortunate happening
emergency sudden development, needing immediate action
prior beforehand.
bruise a hurt in which the skin changes colour and becomes bluish or red.
severe strict, very difficult or painful
temperature a degree of bodily or atmospheric heat
cosult to seek advice
prescription a doctor’s written order about the use of medicines

(C) Study the following responses

1. If a person falls sick, how and where does one get treatment?
In case of an illness, one could telephone a doctor or else go to a doctor’s clinic. The other alternative to consulting a private practitioner (one who practices the science of medicine) is to take the patient to a hospital. Doctors who are running their own clinics are usually more expensive. In the event of the patient’s condition being very serious, the doctor will admit the patient to a hospital.

2. Why must one make an appointment with a doctor?
Different doctors have different systems of seeing patients. Some hospitals have certain hours set aside for attending to out- patients. A separate department is set up for attending to patients who do not need hospitalization. In this system, each patient enters his name in a register. The patients are called in one by one to be examined by the doctor. Private doctors do not usually favour this method. Too much of the patient’s time is wasted waiting for his or her turn to be seen by the doctor. Hence, if the illness is not of an urgent nature, the doctor gives specific time to each patient. This is called appointment system.

(D) Make suitable responses:

1. Doctor What’s the trouble?
____________________________________ _____________________________________________
2 Doctor How long have you had fever?
____________________________________ ___________________________________________
3 Doctor Do you feel any other discomfort in your body?
___________________________________ __________________________________________

4 Doctor How did you take your temperature last night?
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