This is a conversation between a patient/ attendant and a nurse in a hospital where the patient has been admitted.

(In the conversation, the two main characters – nurse and patient/ attendant – have been color-coded for ease of browsing.)

Nurse: Did you call me?

Patient: (Speaks with some discomfort) Yes, I did. I’ve body ache and mild fever since I woke up this morning.

Nurse: Lemme (let me) check.

(The nurse checks the patient’s temperature and blood pressure.)

Nurse: You’ve mild fever, but your blood pressure is normal. Nothing to worry about. The doctor will come on morning round between 9:30 and 10:00 AM. Tell him about this when he is here. In the meantime, you can have your breakfast.

Patient: OK.

Attendant: Are there more tests the patient needs to undergo and when will the patient be discharged?

Nurse: Like I said before, blood test on fasting state will be done tomorrow, and the patient will be discharged most likely day after tomorrow. However, doctor will take the final call on the discharge date.

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Attendant: What is the discharge process?

Nurse: In the morning on discharge day, you should first clear all dues with the accounts department. Thereafter, the doctor will speak to you on post-discharge care and hand over a discharge report. The process will easily take 60-90 minutes.

Patient: Nurse, I’m having trouble adjusting the inclination of the bed. Can you show me how to do it?

Nurse: Sure.

(She maneuvers the control and makes one-half of the bed rise.)

Nurse: Here you go. Anything else?

Patient: No, thank you.

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