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    What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    What does 'hospital groups' mean in the sentence below? Does it mean 'As a doctor in the hospital, I am in charge of ten to twelve patients at a time'?

    My hospital groups contain from ten to twelve patients.

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    #2

    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    Your interpretation seems reasonable, though I've never encountered this term in AmE.

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    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    Where did you encounter that sentence, joham?

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    #4

    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    The sentence suggests to me that the speaker is a doctor in charge of group therapy, and that the sessions are carried out in hospital/s.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    This sentence is taken from COLLINS COBUILD USAGE, without any context:


    indicating a range of numbers You can indicate a range of numbers using `between' and `and', or `from' and `to', or just `to'.
    Most of the farms are between four and five hundred years old.
    My hospital groups contain from ten to twenty patients.
    …peasants owning two to five acres of land. `Anything' is used in front of `between' and `from' to
    emphasize how great a range is.
    An average rate of anything between 25 and 60 per cent is usual.
    It is a job that takes anything from two to five weeks.

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    #6

    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    'hospital groups' is not a common phrase in BE.

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    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    "Hospital groups: is not common in AmE. In a human hospital, an attending is often in charge of service, which includes the attending, associates, residents, interns, and possibly medical students. The service has a number of hospitalized patients for which it is responsible. However, the plural form "groups" is inconsistent with that theory. Some doctors have therapy groups (psychiatric) or physical therapy groups. These can also have multiple patients. This context might work with the original post.

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    Re: What does 'hospital groups' mean?

    "Hospital groups" is not a common phrase in Aus. (I've never heard it). I'd go with the group therapy reading.

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