An institution to which patients are admitted while ill.
The term hospital was defined legally about 2000 to mean.
"Hospital" (except in the expression health service hospital) means-
- an establishment-
- the main purpose of which is to provide medical or psychiatric treatment for illness or mental disorder or palliative care; or
- in which (whether or not other services are also provided) any of the listed services are provided;
- any other establishment in which treatment or nursing (or both) are provided for persons liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. Crown ©