This is a photo of a scene in a hospital ward which has several beds in it. These are divided by blue curtains. The curtains have been drawn back and three health professionals have come to see a patient who is in bed. There is a male consultant, who is a specialist doctor, and two female nurses. The consultant is wearing a white coat and has a stethoscope around his neck. He is holding a clipboard which has the patient’s details on it. The nurses are wearing blue tunics and looking caringly at the patient. This is a man who is in his mid-twenties. He is sitting up in his bed which has the sides pulled up. This probably means that it will soon be used as a trolley to take this patient for an operation. He has his back against some pillows and is listening to the consultant. He is possibly talking to him about what will happen and how long the operation will last. The man doesn’t seem to be too upset or nervous, so I don’t think it will be a complicated or long operation.

When you are describing a place it is useful to use relative clauses to add details to your description. These activities will help you to give a detailed description of a hospital scene, using relative clauses and a wider range of specialist vocabulary connected to hospitals. You will also practise asking questions in hospital. 

Listen to a description of four people talking in a hospital.


Task 1 - relative clauses

Task 2 - using a range of verb tenses

Task 3 - your turn

Use the language you have learned to describe a similar picture you can find that has been taken in a hospital. Use ‘which’ and ‘who’ to add details to your description.

  • Who is in the picture?
  • What are they doing?
  • What can you see in the picture?
  • What questions do you think the nurse might be asking the patient? And what questions might the patient have for the nurse?

You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve, you can record yourself again.