Trial offers support for aged care residents
A NEW medical outreach service aims to help elderly aged care residents in north Brisbane avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department.
Under the trial, general practitioners (GPs) and residential aged care facilities can call a new Geriatric Outreach Assessment Service at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) for assistance with managing the acute care needs of aged care residents.
Brisbane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green said the new service was aimed at curbing the growing number of aged care residents who present at TPCH for acute healthcare.
“Our data shows there has been a significant increase in aged care residents presenting to the emergency department over the past five years,” Dr Green said.
“We know hospitals have specialist expertise in the treatment of elderly people, but we needed a better way for GPs and aged care residents to access this expertise,” she said.
At nearly 43,500 persons in 2014, TPCH’s catchment area has the largest population group aged over 65 years within the Metro North Hospital and Health Service region.
The Geriatric Outreach Assessment Service will be available Monday to Friday from 7.30am-4pm.
The trial will be evaluated after 12 months to determine if it offers a cost-effective service model.
At the launch of a trial of a Geriatric Outreach Assessment Service are Marjorie Bol (aged care resident), Aisling Iddir (Brisbane North PHN) and Andre Burns (Client Clinical Support, Wesley Mission Queensland).