Medical Practice

No Apology for Geriatrics

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 03 November 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:277
  1. T. D. O'Brien,
  2. D. M. Joshi,
  3. E. W. Warren


    A geriatric department is described where turnover has more than kept pace with demand over a period of 17 years. The department provides two basic services—a hospital service to the pensionable population in the community, and support to other hospital departments that care for the elderly.

    Community emphasis is on a high turnover of patients, enabling early contract and treatment. Over the years a fall in the proportion of “chronic” to “acute” beds has occurred and this has been achieved by having the majority of beds in the general hospital, where it is possible to provide a comprehensive medical service. The hospital role has been to prevent overloading acute resources with potential long-stay cases, and this has been possible without compromising our community obligations.

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