Rise in admissions of elderly people
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.”