Sometimes, when you've been sick, it can be difficult
doing things like you used to. An occupational therapist is someone who
will help you to get used to doing everyday things again - such as doing
up your laces or getting on with your schoolwork.
The medical word for swelling. If you have an oedematous foot, you have a swollen foot!
This is sometimes called your foodpipe. When you've
swallowed your food, it travels to your stomach through this tube. It
works by squeezing rhythmically to push the food downwards.
This is a special type of doctor who looks after children with cancer.
The study of cancer, how it develops and how it can be treated. The doctor who specialises in oncology is called an oncologist.
Operating theatre or theatre
This is where you'll go to have an operation (surgery).
Operation or surgery
Sometimes the doctors need to be able to get inside your
body to make you sort out problems that you're experiencing. Most
operations are carried out under an anaesthetic, which means you won't
The study of your eyes and diseases that affect them. The doctor who specialises in ophthalmology is called an ophthalmologist.
This means your mouth. Some medicines have to be swallowed – these are called oral medicines.
The name of a dentist who specialises in straightening or moving teeth.
This is the study of bones. Doctors who operate on your bones are called orthopaedic surgeons.