Research Article

The community hospital: a three-year study.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: (Published 20 November 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:1243
  1. D P Kernick,
  2. S E Davies


    In a three-year period a community hospital of 40 beds discharged 2086 patients, their mean length of stay being 14.8 days. Some 68% of the patients treated were over 65, and 8.9% died in hospital. While the most common diagnosis on admission was disease of the respiratory tract, this does not indicate the actual cause of admission. For 142 patients from one practice this was acute illness in 44% of the cases, assessment in 20%, and a need for nursing care in 36%. If the community hospital had not been available about half these patients would have been admitted to the general hospital.