Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has officially rebranded a ward to focus 100% on acutely unwell older patients.
Ward 4 at the trust’s Queen’s Hospital site has been re-named as the “acute older person’s ward”.
The move follows the launch in October of the trust’s Elderly People Assistance and Care (EPAC) model – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
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As previously reported by Nursing Times, the EPAC model was developed to empower all clinical staff to deliver an enhanced level of care to older patients, which addresses both their holistic and medical needs on an individual basis.
Julie Thompson, the trust’s lead nurse for older patients, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to have such engaged teams to take the model of care forward.
“This will make a real difference to our older patients and the quality of their care delivery,” she said.
The ward launch event also marked the first anniversary of a specialist frailty team, which works with patients over the age of 70, and celebrated recent innovations such as “Bobby the seal”, an interactive robot designed to relax distressed, elderly patients.
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