LEARN SPANISH: A FREE BLOG SERIES #17 At The Doctors

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Hola a todos,

It’s martes again, so that can only mean one thing. It’s time again for your weekly dose of español, courtesy of Diary of a Spanglish Girl!

This week, I’m going to talk you through some of the phrases and palabras you might need or use con el médico.

These useful phrases should come in handy if you ever need to visit the doctors, whether that’s whilst you’re on holiday or because you live here. Now, if you’ve stumbled across this page looking for where you can get emergency health care in Benidorm and where you can use your E111, then that’s over here: Emergency Health Care in Benidorm

Anyway, back to the lesson.

The doctors in Spain are very good and very helpful. If you’re living here, ensure that you have a SIP card, if you qualify. More on that later.

Phrases to use at the doctors in Spanish

To say you’re going to the doctors, that is “Ir al médico”.

Top Tip: If you’re looking at al and a la and can’t make head and tail of it, masculine places, such as “médico” and “parque” you push the a and the el together to make “al”. Feminine places, like the “playa” and the “casa”, remains the exact translation of ‘to the’ which becomes “a la”.

Just like across Europe and the United Kingdom, there are different levels of emergencies, meaning there are different reasons and places you need to see a doctor. It’s important to have the right place.

If you need to call an ambulance (ambulancia), it means it is serious (grave). The same general rules apply when calling an ambulance in Spain and when you call one in the UK. Just like you wouldn’t call an ambulancia in the UK for a cold (un resfriadio), don’t call for one here. Ambulances are for (emergencies) urgencias. If you do need to call the emergency services in Spain, such as ambulance, fire or police, you can do so by calling 112.

If your illness is relatively mild, enfermedad leve, or it’s an enfermdad común (common illness). Then your best place is either the pharmacy (la farmacia) or heading to your centro de salud (healthcare centre).

To make an appointment, you can do so with the following phrases:

“Me gustaría pedir hora con el médico.” – I would like to make an appointment with the doctor.

“Necesito pedir hora con el médico” – I need to make an appointment with the doctor.

“Dígame qué le pasa.” – Tell me what’s wrong

Tengo dolor de cabeza – I have a headache

Me duele la espalda – I have a backache

Tengo fiebre – I have a fever

Me pica la mano – My hand itches

No puedo mover el cuello – I can’t move my neck

Me cuesta respirar  – I have trouble breathing

Me cuesta doblar la pierna – I have trouble bending my leg

Tengo mocosidad – I have mucus

Tengo tos – I have a cough

Me he dado un golpe – I hit something

Me he caído  I fell

Me he cortado – I cut myself

Soy alérgico a… – I’m allergic to…

Me he clavado un cristal.  – I have a splinter of glass.

Tengo un problema de corazón – I have a heart condition

Useful Vocabulary at the doctors in Spanish

El médico – The doctor

Diagnostica – Diagnostic

Tratamiento – Treatment

Pastillas – Tablets

Jarabes – Syrup

Crema – Cream

Cada 8 horas – Every 8 hours

Tres veces al día – Three times a day

Sangre – Blood

Dolor – Pain

Pruebas – Tests

TAC – CAT scan

En ayuna – Fasting

Hospital – Hospital

Infección – Infection

Urgente – Urgent

(Estoy) Mareado – I feel faint

Fiebre – Fever

(Soy) diabético/a – I’m diabetic

(Soy) epiléptico/a – I’m epileptic

(Soy) asmático/a – I’m asthmatic

I hope these help you to make that doctors visit a little bit less daunting. I hope you never have to use them, but in case you do, they’re available for you to use. If you don’t feel confident speaking, you could also show or copy down the writing on a piece of paper.

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Next week – 4th September 2018 – CLOTHES!

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Hasta luego,

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This guide is a free blog series. This information has been picked up by practising speaking with locals in the Comunidad Valenciana area. Any resemblance to any book, guide or learning Spanish resources, is purely coincidental. This guide is not intended as a substitute for other resources or teaching. This guide does not guarantee fluency in Spanish.
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Hola! I'm Lauren ("Loh - run") — A twenty-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca, obsessed with travel, love and elephants.

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