Research Article

Work of a day-bed unit 1972-8.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 22 September 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:714
  1. J B Rainey,
  2. C V Ruckley


    From 1972 to 1978 inclusive 32 311 patients were managed in a 24-bedded day-bed unit in a district general hospital. The principal specialties using this were urology, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynaecology, haematology, orthopaedics, and radiology. Patient selection, a high standard of secretarial work, and good liaison with general practitioners, the community nursing service, and the ambulance service are most important. Day care forms a large, important, and increasing part of the work of the hospital, and without it many of the specialties would be unable to cope with the demand, and their waiting lists would lengthen continuously.