Describe a time when you had to go to a hospital or see a doctor – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a time when you had to go to a hospital or see a doctor.
You should say:
- what was wrong with you
- how you felt at that time
- what happened at the hospital or doctor’s chamber
- and explain what treatment you were given to help you get better
Sample Answer 1
We all have been to the doctor multiple times in our lives. Even the healthiest of people visit a doctor for an annual physical checkup. Although it is my good fortune that I have never suffered an illness or an injury severe enough to be admitted to a hospital, there have been multiple occasions where I had to visit a doctor. One particular instance that I would like to talk about is when I had a severe stomach ache and had to see a doctor last year.
In September, I had just returned from a short trip to Mandarmani with my friends. The day I returned home, I skipped dinner since I was feeling uneasy, and this feeling intensified around midnight to a level where I could not sit still. The following morning, the pain lessened slightly. However, around the evening, I was experiencing the same agony as the previous night. So, I decided to make an appointment with the doctor, who had a clinic located a few minutes from my home.
I managed to reach the doctor’s clinic right on time and waited in the lobby with my heart throbbing due to the pain in my stomach. Eventually, it was my turn to see the doctor, and after a few routine checks, the doctor stated that I was suffering from mild food poisoning. After hearing the diagnosis, I panicked, but the doctor assured me that there was no reason to fret and this ailment is common, especially after visiting new places.
The doctor prescribed a few medicines to tackle the pain and clear my bowel movement. She also advised me to stay away from junk food for a while. After a few days of taking medicine and exercising the necessary precautions, I began feeling better.
Sample Answer 2
Nobody likes visiting a doctor. Infact, many people dislike going to hospitals. I’d consider staying home and heal physical ailments with the help of home remedies. But at times, when the medical problem seems to be big, then it’s mandatory for everyone to consult a doctor. Here, I’d like to talk about a time when I had to visit a doctor. A couple of months ago, due to seasonal changes and exposure to public places, I got affected by a severe cold, constant cough, followed by mild fever and migraine, which caused me great discomfort. Initially, I tried all the home remedies prescribed by my mother to cure the infection. But to my dismay, nothing worked, and the pain became unbearable. I could barely keep my eyes open. I decided to consult a doctor in my locality. I had to wait for around an hour outside his chamber, and then my name was called out. At first, he checked my body temperature, pulse and asked me to get a covid-19 test done. I was damn scared to get the test done as I was already symptomatic, and many things were running on my mind. Somehow, I gave it a shot and waited for the results. An hour later, my reports were back, and the doctors asked me if I had exposed myself to any covid-19 positive patient. I completely denied it and told that I didn’t step out of the house due to the lockdown. When I curiously asked him about my reports, he concluded that I had tested negative and the symptoms may probably be due to the temperature changes. Finally, I felt relieved. The doctor then prescribed me a few medications and recommended staying indoors and getting rest for at least two weeks.
- Meaning: cause (a wound, injury, or person) to become sound or healthy again.
Eg: Villagers used the plant’s roots to heal their ailments.
- Meaning: compulsory
Eg: Students have to take up the internship offers mandatorily.
- Meaning: only just; almost not.
Eg: I could barely hear their conversation
- Meaning: in a way that shows eagerness to know or learn something.
Eg: I was curiously waiting for my brother’s arrival at the Airport.
- Meaning: no longer feeling distressed or anxious; reassured.
Eg: Rose felt relieved when her son returned home after two days.
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