Research Article

Geriatric medicine in Hull: a comprehensive service.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 09 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:102
  1. W E Bagnall,
  2. S R Datta,
  3. J Knox,
  4. P Horrocks


    A partially age-related admission policy coupled with a "single-ward" scheme for treatment and rehabilitation was introduced by the Hull geriatric department in 1970. With rare exceptions, elderly patients needing hospital care have been admitted directly to the geriatric unit, and the proportion of the retired population admitted by the general physicians has been greatly reduced. The proportion of inpatients needing continuing care has been reduced to less than 20%, the mean length of inpatient stay has fallen to under 30 days, and separate long-stay wards are no longer needed. More than 91% of patients are admitted without preceding domiciliary assessment, and only 5-6% of admissions are transferred from other units within the area.