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Visiting London? Learn medical terms first
U.S. health officials say Americans traveling to England for the Olympics should note there are some differences in the way English is spoken there.
For example, while a person who is sick or injured in the United States would ask to be taken to a hospital emergency room, in England, ask to be taken to the A&E — for Accident and Emergency.
In addition, when looking for a pharmacist, ask for a chemist; when looking for an attending physician in a hospital ask for a consultant; when looking for a doctor’s office, ask for a surgery; if you need a restroom, ask for a loo; need a bandage, ask for a plaster; need acetaminophen, or Tylenol, ask for paracetamol; and need rubbing alcohol, ask for some surgical spirit, the CDC advised.
“You need more than your passport to travel to major events like the Olympic Games. Crowds, new surroundings, and a ‘vacation’ mentality can lead to illness or injury, which can ruin your trip,” Capt. Gary Brunette, a doctor and branch chief of CDC Travelers’ Health, said in a statement. “London is like a major American city in many respects, but that doesn’t mean travelers should forget their common sense. With a little education and preparation, travelers can enjoy the games, the country and great health.”
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