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The day hospital in the community

M.J. Hattingh
Curationis | Vol 2, No 2 | a447 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v2i2.447 | © 1979 M.J. Hattingh | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1979 | Published: 27 September 1979

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M.J. Hattingh, Chief nursing officer, Cape Province, South Africa

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The term Day Hospital is attached to centres where primary health care is rendered, not necessarily only during the day, but rather to a community who cannot readily reach other existing facilities. The first day hospital was opened in 1860 in Cape Town for this reason; it could then be seen as an extended arm of the hospital to the community. Numerous conditions are treated that do not need any hospitalisation or necessitate the direct attention of a medical practitioner.


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