Per­son­alised care and ser­vices for el­derly

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.