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A brief history of healthcare provision in London
In the mid 19th century it was recognized that patients need not remain in acute beds following surgical or medical treatment, but could convalesce in surroundings which provided a degree of nursing care. In this way, acute beds could be freed up in the overcrowded general hospitals.
The Convalescent Homes Association was founded in 1905 in order to coordinate the work of public convalescent homes receiving London patients. In 1916 it merged with the Charity Organisation Society.
Most convalescent homes, such as the Schiff Home of Recovery, were located in the country or by the seaside, and resembled country houses or hotels.
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Church WS, Fitzgerald MO, Habershon SH 1906 Correspondence: Convalescent Homes Association. British Medical Journal 1 (2357), 533.
Tubby AH 1905 The Metropolitan Convalescent Homes Association. British Medical Journal 1 (2307), 623-624.
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