Definition of day patient in English:

day patient

noun

  • A patient who attends a hospital for treatment without staying overnight:

    ‘the waiting list for day patients has shot up by fifty per cent’
    • ‘St Catherine's has 18 beds and also has up to 20 places for day patients who can come to socialise and take part in the art therapy.’
    • ‘He became a day patient at York's Bootham Park Hospital - he found it too claustrophobic to live there.’
    • ‘We have been trying to get a residential bed for her since last November but she has had to be a day patient instead.’
    • ‘My husband went in as a day patient for a cataract operation and was treated fantastically.’
    • ‘She'd have to go in to hospital as a day patient a couple of days a week every other week.’