This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

Last updated at 11:21 BST, Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Surgery app


Report and vocabulary


The operating theatre can be a daunting place for patients.

And for trainee surgeons, limited time and resources mean not all get enough hands-on experience.

Which is why four surgeons in London developed an app to practise surgery.

It has training modules which give step-by-step guides to common surgical procedures.

operating theatre

a room in a hospital in which people are operated on


making you feel slightly scared or worried about your ability to achieve something

trainee surgeons

people who are learning to be surgeons; surgeons are doctors who are specially trained to perform medical operations

hands-on experience

experience gained by doing something yourself


doing one thing and then another thing in a fixed order


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

operating theatre / daunting / trainee surgeons / hands-on experience / step-by-step

1. "We've been working on this for seven years, _______, so we're very excited it's finally going to happen," Esencia's CEO Andrew McDonald said on a tour of the 170-hectare (420-acre) site.

2. Relocating to another country can be a ________ prospect, particularly if you don't speak the language.

3. Stamford Hospital has an outpatients department, a minor injury unit, one __________ and a day surgery unit.

4. By learning online, _________ can do more in their spare time without travelling long distances.

5. The CBI says teenagers will develop a serious interest in science only if they have the chance to get _________ in the subject.




How did you do?


step by step




operating theatre


trainee surgeons


hands-on experience