The impact of the observation ward on acute admissions at Guy's Hospital

Health Trends. 1991;23(1):33-5.


This paper describes an evaluation of the short-stay ward at Guy's Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. It includes an audit of the operational policy, the care provided to patients, and the impact of the short-stay ward on hospital admissions. The results indicate that by concentrating patients in a short-stay ward, the quality of care is improved, delays are reduced, and the pressure on inpatient beds is relieved.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Hospitals, Teaching / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • London
  • Management Audit*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
  • Patients' Rooms
  • Policy Making
  • Progressive Patient Care / statistics & numerical data