His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, has met members of the British Geriatrics Society – plus a therapy dog – to mark its 70th anniversary and celebrate the work of nurses and other clinicians in caring for older patients.
The celebration was held last night at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The prince has been patron of the society for more than 20 years, having taken up the role in July 1993.
Founded in 1947, the BGS is the multi-disciplinary membership organisation bringing together all healthcare professionals engaged in the specialist treatment and care of older people across the UK.
The society’s membership has grown considerably in recent years and now has over 3,600 members.
On arriving at St Thomas’, His Royal Highness met with frontline staff who care for older people at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and in the local community.
Older people’s nurses celebrate anniversary with prince
Nurses, doctors and allied health professionals spoke to the Prince about their roles, demonstrated some of the techniques used to prevent falls, and explained how patients with dementia were treated with dignity and respect.
He also met with older patients at the hospital and discussed their experiences and priorities when receiving care.
His Royal Highness then attended a BGS anniversary reception where he presented a special lifetime achievement award to Baroness Sally Greengross for her contribution to improving services for older people and her ongoing support of the society.
Baroness Greengross is vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People.
Dr Eileen Burns, president of the society, said: “The prince’s attendance is testament to his continuing support for the charity, and made our celebration even more special.”