Also in Community Hospitals:
Community hospitals are hospitals where most patients are admitted, and cared for, by their own GPs. They normally deal with :
- Acute medical care where patients cannot be cared for at home, but where the expertise and / or the specialist diagnostic facilities of a major specialist hospital are not required.
- Post acute care including rehabilitation.
- Casualty services.
- Palliative care.
They may also have :
- Diagnostic facilities (such as x-ray, ultrasound, sigmoidoscopy, cardiac assessment, telemedicine).
- Therapeutic facilities (such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, minor surgery, day hospital).
- Facilities for joint teams (such as community nursing teams and social work / care management teams).
- Specialist out patient clinics.
- Intermediate care clinics.
Hospitals often share expertise and equipment and offer services to patients not normally in their area.