Elderly Care

Please click on the links below for information on Elderly Care:

What is it? 

Where do we offer this service?

When do we offer this service?

Who are REACT?

Who should you contact?

Patient information leaflet

Community services

Further advice and resources

 

What is it?

Elderly medicine is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness in older people. Our aim is to restore the patient to their best level of ability and support them in returning to an independent life at home or another appropriate facility. 

The Elderly Care service works within a multidisciplinary team to completely assess a patient’s care needs. The team includes:

  • Medical Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers.

Elderly Care includes the treatment of:

  • Strokes/Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA or ‘mini stroke)
  • Poor mobility issues including Parkinson's disease or arthritis
  • Delirium and dementia
  • Falls and blackouts
  • Osteoporosis.
     

Where do we offer this service?

We offer Elderly Care across all three hospital sites:

  • Dewsbury and District Hospital – Outpatients and acute hospital care
     
  • Pinderfields Hospital – Outpatients and acute hospital care
     
  • Pontefract Hospital – Outpatients and Elderly Care rehabilitation

In our new Pinderfields Hospital we now have an Orthogeriatric Service on the medical floor, for elderly patients who have received orthopaedic surgery. They are cared for jointly by the Elderly Care and Orthopaedic teams, as elderly patients who have had surgery for a bone or joint fracture often also need medical care and rehabilitation. This new type of service has been found to improve quality of care and outcomes for elderly patients.

We also provide medical support to three intermediate care bedded facilities, offering community rehabilitation for patients in Wakefield and Pontefract, at:

  • Kingsdale Unit, part of West Ridings Nursing Home
     
  • Monument House, Pontefract
     
  • Queen Elizabeth House, Wakefield
     

When do we offer this service?

We provide the following clinics from Monday to Friday:

All three hospitals – Elderly Care new patients’ clinics

Pinderfields Hospital:

  • Daily TIA clinics
  • Monthly osteoporosis clinic
  • Falls clinic
  • Neurovascular testing and tilt clinic.
     

Who are REACT?

The Rapid Elderly Assessment Care Team (REACT) is designed to facilitate much earlier hospital discharge for older people (all those over the age of 65 years from care homes and all other patients who are over 80 years of age) living in the Mid Yorkshire area with acute illnesses and exacerbations of chronic conditions.
 
The team includes specialist nurses, therapists, a social worker, medical staff and members of the third sector. The team is supported by a project group which includes both a Patient and Carer Network Representative and  local patient representatives.

The service creates a “virtual ward in the hospital” so that older people with stable conditions can be discharged safely. This significantly shortens admission periods and facilitates more “timely” discharge, thus reducing family stress and disruption and the economic impact of hospitalisation.

  REACT TEAM
The Trust is 1 of 4 development sites for the Future Hospitals Programme of the Royal College of Physicians. The Future Hospital Programme works closely with the Elderly Medicine Team as well as the other developmental sites to put the principles of the future hospital into practice.

More information on the Future Hospitals Programme can be found at:
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/development-sites

Who should you contact?

To find out more about the Elderly Care service or related clinics, please contact the main switchboard and direct your questions via the Elderly Care Medical Secretaries, on:

Tel: 01924 541000


Patient information leaflet

Currently being updated

Community services

Patients in Wakefield and Pontefract have access to a Community Geriatrician who, at the request of your GP, can provide domiciliary (home) visits from Monday to Friday. The Community Geriatrician will aim to make these visits within 48 hours.

 

Further advice and resources

You may find the following websites helpful:

Age UK (was Age Concern) www.ageuk.org.uk/

Alzheimer’s Society www.alzheimers.org.uk/

The Stroke Association  www.stroke.org.uk