Imagine you are in London and you need to see a doctor during your stay. What keywords should you use? Can you master enough English in order to talk to a doctor?
In this article we will look at common expressions encountered when you go for a medical consultation. In addition, we have included a conversation between Luis and his doctor so you can see a practical example.

Twenty commonly used expressions when you visit the doctor.


  • I would like to make an appointment to see the doctor.
  • I am not feeling well.
  • I am feeling ill.
  • What are the symptoms?
  • I have a terrible (earache, stomach ache, headache, toothache).
  • I have a terrible (flu, cold, sore throat, cough).
  • I have a (fractured, dislocated) arm (leg).
  • I have pain all over my body.
  • I have chest/back pains.
  • I have chills/nausea/diarrohea/ a fever/ an allergy.
  • I have a burn/ a cut/ an insect bite.
  • I have been feeling dizzy and sweating a lot.
  • I will check your blood pressure.
  • Is it serious?
  • Should I follow a diet?
  • Should I stay in bed?
  • Will you give me a prescription?
  • What medicine should I take?


A dialogue between Luis and his doctor

The first thing to do is to make an appointment. Here we have some common questions in English when you go to the doctor and make an appointment.

Consider the following dialogue:

  • LuisGood morning. My name is Luis and I would like to make an appointment to see a doctor.
  • Nurse: Is it urgent?
  • LuisYes, I would like it to be as soon as possible. Could it be the 14th of October?
  • Nurse: Do you have private insurance? National Insurance?
  • Luis: Yes, I have both.


Once we have made an appointment, we must be able to express our symptoms in English. Here are some examples:

  • Doctor: What are your symptoms?
  • Luis: A few days ago I went swimming in the pool for a long time and, as a result, I have a sore throat, a fever and I feel nauseous. I have been having headaches and I feel very congested. I am also experiencing a lack of energy and have difficulty breathing.

Once we tell the doctor what hurts he will consider what further actions to take. Do you know what questions the doctor may ask you?

  • I would like to examine you.
  • Where exactly does it hurt?
  • Does it hurt when I press here?
  • I will take your blood pressure. Could you roll up your sleeve?

Once the doctor has made a careful examination, a decision is made as to the best treatment.

  • Doctor: I’ll have to give you a shot, you will also need to take some medication twice a day. Here is your prescription, you will need this to go to the pharmacy and buy your medication

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