Survey of Geriatric Day Hospitals in Great Britain
The growth of geriatric day hospitals in Great Britain has mirrored the growth of the specialty of geriatric medicine itself. In the mid-1950s there were a handful; by 1977 there were over 300. It is accepted by the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) that there should be a provision of 2 geriatric day hospital places for every 1000 people aged 65 and over in a geriatric unit’s catchment area. There is an additional allocation of psychogeriatric day hospital places of 2 per 1000 in a population aged 65 and over, and the general advice is that these should be separate from the geriatric day hospitals. The geriatric day hospital norm is probably near achievement, but the psychogeriatric norm is still far from being reached.
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