What's the room of a medical staff only enter to it to rest and eat. Can I call it 'staffroom'? (I saw on Wikipedia that it's more for teachers' staff.

  • On the American medical TV drama "Grey's Anatomy" there's such a room called the "on-call room".
    – gotube
    Jul 20, 2021 at 20:28
  • According to what I found this room has bed/s, and I'm asking about a room in any medical department not necessarily attended for sleep and doesn't have beds but may have chairs and sofa for a temporary sitting or having a coffee, lunch, or supper. Jul 20, 2021 at 22:13
  • See also this english.stackexchange.com/questions/279451/…
    – boscoche
    Jul 21, 2021 at 0:17
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    Note that the Wikipedia page 'has issues'. It is incorrect in implying that staffrooms are only found in schools and colleges. Jul 21, 2021 at 8:13

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I can only answer for the UK. The term staff room is commonly in use for a room provided for the medical and other staff to relax and gossip. It may also have food and drinks. The term doctors mess is also used, here is a link to one in the south of the UK http://www.sghdoctorsmess.co.uk/. I would expect that if such a facility were restricted to a specific grade of staff it would be called, for example, the consultants' mess as saying the consultants' staff room seem a bit tautological. (Consultants in the UK are the highest grade of registered medical practitioners. Whether in these more egalitarian times they still have separate facilities I do not know, it is some time since I worked in a hospital.)

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