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Care of Older People

The department for care of older people provides in and outpatient services based on need rather than age. Our team of nurses, therapists, social workers and doctors have the expertise in looking after people who have complex illness and may also be frail.We diagnose and treat conditions that are common in frail, older people. 

These include specific problems such as stroke, dementia, falls, complex parkinson's disease, urinary incontinence and osteoporosis. At the same time, we also assess and treat a variety of disease, to improve patients physical and mental health, independence and quality of life. This is often referred to as a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). 

Our department includes consultant specialist doctors, trainee doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a specialist psychiatric nurse and an end of life specialist nurse. 
Many older patients are looked after by other specialists at Musgrove Park Hospital and we support them in a variety of ways, including elderly care physician of the day (ECPOD) system where there is a dedicated older person physician to help with general surgical or acute medical patients.  Ortho-geriatrics liaison ensures trauma and orthopaedic patients are reviewed by our specialists when required on a daily basis. These teams screen older people for problems associated with frailty and advise and support those looking after them.

We have three dedicated care of the older person wards, Eliot Ward, Sedgemoor Ward and Wordsworth ward.  

 

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