First year of an inner city general practitioner community hospital.Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.288.6425.1209 (Published 21 April 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:1209
- N T North,
- D J Hall,
- W E Kearns
The first inner city general practitioner community hospital opened on 4 January 1982. This paper describes the operation of the hospital over the first 12 months. There were 316 admissions, with an average length of stay of 13 days. The average age of the patients was 73 and the most common reason for admission was disease of the respiratory system. Thirty five per cent of patients were admitted because of an acute illness and 37% were admitted on the same day as the request for admission. The policies of intermittent or phased care allowed for the admission of patients at regular intervals to relieve carers, and the assessment of the home circumstances of all patients allowed for planning the patient's return home.