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NHS Fife: getting it right for our most vulnerable patients

Published: 28 Sep 2017
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781788511605

Report on improvements by Fife's Victoria Hospital of facilities and care for frail patients, following the Cochrane Review of geriatric care.

22 page PDF

733.8kB

22 page PDF

733.8kB

Contents
NHS Fife: getting it right for our most vulnerable patients
Recognising and Responding to Frailty

22 page PDF

733.8kB

Recognising and Responding to Frailty

NHS Fife Chief Operating Officer, Scott McLean explained:

“At any one time between 50% and 70% of our patients have frailty syndromes. These are not just older patients – we see some 90-year olds who are healthier and fitter than some 50-year olds. Frailty is a syndrome or set of syndromes that are not exclusively linked to ageing, although a high proportion of frail patients are over the age of 65. It is crucial that we do whatever we can to minimise the time frail patients spend in hospital to avoid doing them harm. This means not waiting until they fall or become confused before intervening.”

Left to right: Jodie Kirk (OT), Louise Kellichan (Team Lead) and Joy Reid (Nurse Consultant)

Left to right: Jodie Kirk (OT), Louise Kellichan (Team Lead) and Joy Reid (Nurse Consultant)


Contact

Email: Jessica Milne, unscheduledcareteam@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG