Nursing staff at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop have started a new service that hopes to enhance the care of frail and vulnerable older patients.
Running as a six-month pilot, the enhanced care team will provide specialist care for patients who have confusion, delirium or dementia.
Going beyond “normal” ward care, patients under the supervision of the team will receive one-to-one attention to improve their hospital experience and help keep them free from harm.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the numbers of frail or vulnerable people admitted to its hospitals had “increased significantly over the past five years”.
Cindy Storer, head of nursing and quality for the trust’s Frailty Care Group, said: “We anticipate the numbers of frail older people requiring hospital care will continue to rise into the future presenting new challenges for ward staff.
“Some of these patients will have complex care needs due to their other underlying conditions such as confusion, delirium or dementia, increasing the risk of them falling while in hospital,” she said.
Worksop nurses ‘enhancing care’ for frail older patients
She added: “The enhanced provision that this new team provides will ensure the safety of these patients while providing them with high quality care that meets their needs.”
As well as the new team, the trust has also hosted a series of training sessions throughout the year to give its staff a better understanding of the complex care needs of their frail older patients.
In June, it held a week-long awareness event called Frailty Week, inviting staff to learn more about the holistic treatment and care of elderly.
Building on the success of these learning events, it said it plans to hold a Frailty Day for its staff that focuses on person-centred care, dementia, and falls prevention in September.