- relationship building
- understanding the patient’s perspective
- providing structure to the conversation
- gathering information from the patient
- establishing what the patient already knows.
|Part A||15 minutes||Two separate consultations between a healthcare professional and a patient|
|Part B||10 minutes||Six short dialogues or monologues in workplace settings|
|Part C||15 minutes||Two long presentations or interviews with health professionals|
|Part A||15 minutes||Expeditious (fast) reading task|
|Part B||45 minutes||Six short workplace extracts|
|Part C||Two long presentation passages|
Writing Task – Sample Question 1
- Number of Tasks – 1
- Time – 5 + 40 Minutes
- Write a letter, usually a referral letter.
- Sometimes a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.
- Task instructions
- Stimulus material (case notes and/or other related documentation) which includes information to use in your response.
Task for Practice
NURSE IN CARDIAC WARD OF LOURDE HOSPITAL, Kochi.
- Patient : Nimmy Isaac
- 72 year old – Married woman
- Date of Birth : 1938
- Open heart surgery patient / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – and Anxiety
Read the case notes below and complete the writing task which follows.
- Lives at home with husband, Isaac.
- The couple have been married 50 years;
- Isaac is a decorated soldier who fought in World War II.
- Isaac attends RSL (Returned Soldiers’ League) meetings and enjoys the camaraderie.
- Has suffered COAD for past 10 years.
- Heavy smoker (1 packet a day) – trying to quit.
- Angina for 3 years.
- Angiogram revealed need for heart bypass.
- Isaac also smoked for 40 years but gave it away in 2004.
- Nimmy’s mother was overweight with high BP.
- Mother died of Myocardial infarction at age 75 (20 years ago).
- Admitted: 10 days ago for a double by pass.
- All went well. Has been recuperating.
- Two heart valves bypassed. Operation successful.
- Has been using an oxygen concentrator;
- To be issued with a rented portable oxygen concentrator on discharge;
- Prescribed Lipotor Oral, using Ventolin when required;
- Taught postural drainage position and pursed lip breathing technique.
- Advised to quit smoking – prescribed Nicobate patches.
- To be discharged tomorrow.
- Anxiety – not sure how she is going to cope once discharged from Hospital.
- Worried she will die like her mother. Visibly distressed.
- Has outbursts of crying.
- Refer to Community Nurse for monitoring
Write a letter to the Community Nurse, Greenlea Council, Ferntree Gully 3175. Outline the treatment this patient has had to date. Request that the Community Nurse:
- Nimmy Isaac regarding cessation of smoking / using Nicobate
- Community Nurse to make sure Nimmy is using her portable oxygen machine correctly
- Community Nurse to make an appointment with Council social worker to visit Nimmy and counsel her regarding any worries she may have about managing things in the home.
- Nimmy may need some Council home help for housekeeping and other day to day living activities.
- Your letter should be 200 to 220 words long (no more than 25 lines).
- Do not use note form but write in full sentences using relevant information.
OET Support – Vocabulary & Grammar
Popular Medical Terms
- Pulmonary – Relating to lungs
- Renal – Relating to Kidneys
- Thorax – The part of the body of a mammal between the neck and the abdomen, including the cavity enclosed by the ribs, breastbone, and dorsal vertebrae, and containing the chief organs of circulation and respiration; the chest.
- Myocardial infarction – A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s coronary arteries is blocked suddenly or has extremely slow blood flow. A heart attack also is called a myocardial infarction. The usual cause of sudden blockage in a coronary artery is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus).
- Thrombus – Blood clot
- Infarction – Obstruction of the blood supply to an organ or region of tissue, typically by a thrombus or embolus, causing local death of the tissue.
- Tonsillitis –
- Poststrept –
Popular Medical Branches
- Dermatology – Disorders with Skin
- PD Provisional Diagnosis
- NYD Not Yet Diagnosed