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Do you know what Brits mean by a Doctor’s surgery?

By 22 October 2017Language Tips


Did you know that surgery has 2 healthcare meanings?

Everyone knows it has the meaning of a medical procedure similar to an operation. Not everyone outside of the UK is so familiar with it also having the meaning of the place where a GP works. In Australia and New Zealand, the place where a GP works is more often called a ‘Medical Centre’ or ‘Clinic’ or even just ‘Doctors’.

Not knowing this meaning of surgery could therefore easily be a cause for confusion if you hear it said or even read it. You would imagine something very different happening inside to the reality!