Rise in ad­mis­sions of el­derly peo­ple

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The num­ber of el­derly peo­ple ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals man­aged by the Maid­stone and Tun­bridge Wells NHS Trust has risen by 28% in five years, ac­cord­ing to new NHS data.

A char­ity fight­ing for older peo­ple’s rights think in many cases these ad­mis­sions could be avoided with more fund­ing and bet­ter ser­vices.

Fig­ures show the trust’s two hos­pi­tals ad­mit­ted pa­tients over 65-years-old 54,945 times from April 2017 to March 2018, com­pared with 42,951 five years ear­lier.

These fig­ures re­fer to the num­ber of episodes of care for pa­tients rather than the num­ber of pa­tients. They in­clude all the emer­gency and sched­uled ad­mis- sions for pa­tients at hos­pi­tals.

Episodes re­lat­ing to younger pa­tients rose at a slower pace.

Ad­mis­sions of peo­ple be­tween 30 and 55 years old in­creased by only 16%. Caro­line Abra­hams, char­ity direc­tor at Age UK said: “We know in some cases be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal is the con­se­quence of fail­ing to de­liver the right care at the right time.”

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