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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.