Personalised care and services for elderly
Rockingham General Hospital’s new Urgent Care Clinic is providing access to more personalised care and services for older people in the area.
The clinic treats elderly patients who present to the hospital’s emergency department, or are considered to be at risk of significant deterioration and are referred from community practitioners.
RGH head of department aged care, rehabilitation and neurology Helen Thomas said the population in Rockingham was ageing and statistics show more than 22 per cent of people in the area were over 65 years of age.
“Last year 18 per cent of our emergency department presentations were by people over 65 years of age,” Dr Thomas said.
“A significant proportion of these patients did not require admission to the hospital, but did
require a comprehensive health and social care assessment.
“The clinic is designed to provide a responsive, same day, interdisciplinary service and is staffed by a consultant geriatrician, clinical nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist, with access to the social work, dietetics and
speech pathology teams.”
Since it opened at the start of October, more than 100 patients have been through the clinic, 80 per cent of these referred from the emergency department and managed within four hours of arriving.
The UCC is open Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm.
Patient George Colman in the Rockingham General Hospital Urgent Access Clinic with team members physiotherapist Sam Aspee, clinical nurse Nicole Saunders and head of department aged care, rehabilitation and neurology Dr Helen Thomas.