Hospital Vocabulary

Hospital staff in uniform.

Words to use at the Hospital / Doctor’s Office

Hos·pi·tal (pronounced ˈhɒspɪtəl) Noun.

  • An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.
Abscess Ache Allergy Arthritis Asthma
Bacteria Bandage Benign Bleed Blister
Blood Boil Broken Bone Bruise Bump
Burn Chart Chemist Chemotherapy Chicken pox
Clinic Coma Contagious Coroner Cough
Crutches Cut Cyst Deaf Death
Dehydrated Dementia Diabetes Diagnosis Diarrhoea
Diet Digestion Disease Disinfect Doctor
Dosage Drugs Emergency Fatal Fever
First Aid Flu (influenza) Fracture Germs Headache
Heart attack Heartbeat HIV Illness Immunization
Infection Injury Intensive care Itch Laboratory
Life support Malignant Medical Medicine Minerals
Muscles Needle Nurse Nutrition Operation
Pain Paralyzed Pharmacist Physician Pill
Poisonous Prescription Pressure Quarantine Radiation
Rash Resident Runny Nose Scab Shock
Sick Side effects Sling Sore Specialist
Sprain Stable Sting Stitches Surgery
Swelling Swollen Symptoms Temperature Therapy
Transfusion Transplant Tumour Vaccination Vein
Vitamins Vomit Ward Weak Weight
Wheelchair Wound X-ray

Some useful phrases to use in the hospital:

I would like to see the Doctor, please. Can I make an appointment?
How long will I have to wait? I’m sorry, I don’t speak English very well.
I’m afraid I don’t have medical insurance. How much will it cost?
I have not been sleeping well. The pain is keeping me awake.
Will you give me something for the pain? Can I have a prescription, please
Excuse me, can you repeat that please. My back is hurting.
I have a bad headache. My eyes are swelling up.
My skin feels very itchy. I am having difficulty walking.


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