At the Doctor’s – Spanish Words and Phrases

People, Places

  • Ambulancia (la) = ambulance
  • Cama (la) = bed
  • Consulta (la) = doctor’s office, consulting room
  • Enfermero (el) = nurse
  • Hospital (el) = hospital
  • Médico (el) = doctor
  • Paciente (el) = patient
  • Sala de espera (la) = waiting room
  • Urgencias = emergency room/department

Some symptoms you might have

  • Cansancio (el) / Fatiga (la) = fatigue
  • Diarrea (la) = diarrhea
  • Dolor de cabeza (el) = headache
  • Dolor de espalda (el) = back pain
  • Estornudos (los) = sneeze
  • Fiebre (la) = fever
  • Inflamación de garganta (la) = throat inflammation
  • Mareos (los) = dizziness
  • Tensión alta (la) = high blood pressure
  • Tos (la) = coughing
  • Vómitos (los) = vomits

What the patient can do

  • Explicar los síntomas = to explain the symptoms
  • Llamar al médico = To call the doctor
  • Llamar a la ambulancia = to call for an ambulance
  • Pedir una cita con el médico / doctor = to asks for an appointment with the doctor

What the patient can say

  • Estoy muy cansado/a últimamente = I’m very tired lately
  • He tenido un accidente = I’ve had an accident
  • Me duele la cabeza = I have headache
  • Me duele la garganta = My throat hurts
  • Me duele aquí = It hurts here (while pointing at the exact place)
  • Me siento mal = I feel bad
  • Tengo estornudos = I sneeze
  • Tengo fiebre alta, 39 grados = I have a high fever, 39 degrees
  • Tengo mareos = I feel dizzy
  • Tengo tos = I cough
  • Tengo una herida = I have a wound

What the doctor can do

  • Examinar al paciente = to examine the patient
  • Mandar hacer un análisis de sangre = to ask for a blood test done
  • Mandar hacer una radiografía = to ask for a X-ray done
  • Recetar un antibiótico = to prescribe an antibiotic
  • Recetar un medicamento = to prescribe a medicine
  • Tomar la temperatura = to take the temperature
  • Tomar la tensión = check out the blood pressure

What the doctor can say

  • Aquí tiene la receta = Here is the prescription
  • ¿Desde cuando le pasa? = Since when does it happen?
  • ¿Dónde le duele exactamente? = Where does it hurt exactly?
  • ¿Qué le pasa? = What’s wrong? What’s the problem?
  • Respire hondo = breath deeply
  • Siéntese, por favor = Take a sit, please
  • Tiene que tomarlo antes de comer = You have to take it before eating
  • Tiene que tomarlo después de comer = You have to take it after eating
  • Tiene que tomarlo dos veces al día = You have to take this twice a day
  • Túmbese aquí = Lie down here
  • Voy a mandarle un medicamento = I’m going to prescribe you a medicine

 

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