Plight of elderly people who are made homeless in hospital

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7306.229 (Published 28 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:229
  1. Tom Downes, specialist registrar in care of the elderly medicine (Tom.Downes@sth.nhs.uk),
  2. K S Channer, consultant physician
  1. Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    EDITOR—Having lived a year in a residential home, a 79 year old man developed a chest infection and was admitted to this hospital. He was given intravenous antibiotic treatment and supportive care and recovered over the next week, returning to his previous state of mobility. The residential home was contacted to arrange return transfer, but its staff asked to reassess him first. The assistant manager visited, and the next day the nursing staff was told that the manager …

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