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    Doctor's Office

    Hello Teachers

    1) What do you call the place where the doctor examines a patient?
    2) Is this place called differently in different countries?
    3) Is a doctor's office the place where he places his files and do his paper work?

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    Re: Doctor's Office

    The doctor's office is generally thought to be the whole area: waiting room, receptionist's area, examining room, and his personal office. Often we say, "I have to go to the doctor's" and don't even finish the sentence. Or we could say, "I have to go to the doctor."

    I have certainly heard it said (in the past tense) "...when I was in the doctor's office..." and I suspect the person never was really in anyone's office.

    But you are right, the doctor's office should just be that little room with his desk.

    The place you have to pull your shirt up or step on the scale is usually called the examining room or examination room.

    I only speak for North America. And then, only for the tiny part of it that I have lived in.

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    Re: Doctor's Office

    Can't we briefly say "clinic"?

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    Re: Doctor's Office

    If it is a clinic. That is somewhat different in each location, and for each purpose. They don't have plastic surgery clinics, for example.

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    I remember that when I was living in the UK once I had to go to a doctor, I made an appointment by e-mail and he replied me "I am waiting for you in my clinic at 1:00 pm", that's why I thougt that clinic may be a general term for doctor's office.

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    Yes, that is quite common. Clinic. I think in Canada it often (but not always) suggests a group of doctors and you might not get your "family doctor" each time. They might work on rotation basis, providing coverage even on weekends. We have a neighbourhood clinic very close to where we live that I would run to if I had something in my eye, used almost like the Emergency Department of a hospital, but for things perhaps less life threatening.

    The point is, that here when we speak of going to the clinic, we don't expect to see "our" doctor, but are grateful to see anyone quickly.


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    Here it is the doctor's surgery.

    A clinic is specifically related to single medical fields: cancer clinic; eye clinic; renal clinic etc.

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    Re: Doctor's Office

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post

    The point is, that here when we speak of going to the clinic, we don't expect to see "our" doctor, but are grateful to see anyone quickly.
    Thank you dear linger for your answers but one more question came up to my mind (also I am sorry I am asking questions in somebody else's thread)

    So, how about polyclinic, I thought a clinic doctor is specialised in one branch of medicine such as eye clinic, so I thought I can always find my eye doctor at there so it would be the same person. However as it name indicates polyclinic consists of several clinics of several branches of medicine such as eye clinic,dermatology clinic, pediatry clinic etc. and all those clinics are in the same buildings and the doctors are working in rotation basis. If I am wrong could you correct me about the word "polyclinic"?

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    Re: Doctor's Office

    I defer. I don't think the es xpression is used in Canada. Your interpretation sounds reasonable, however. (except the implication that specialists would rotate; I doubt that. Only general practitioners ("GP"s) tend to have rotating office hours.)


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    Thanks jlinger and Anglika for your reply. Do you by any chance know how it's referred to in the States, Australia and New Zealand?

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