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General Practitioners in Hospital

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5710.653 (Published 13 June 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:653
  1. J. Weston Smith,
  2. J. B. O'Donovan

    Abstract

    An acute general hospital of 68 beds at Tamworth, a Midland town of 50,000 people, is staffed by general practitioners for both inpatient and casualty work. During the period 1967-8 there were 889 general practitioner admissions to the hospital for intermediate surgical and medical care, the average length of stay being 6·3 days and the average cost per case £44·3. Of these patients 96 were transferred to other hospitals. The patients, doctors, and standard of medical care have benefited from this kind of service. A “satellite” hospital of this type therefore has an important role in the community for carefully selected types of cases.

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