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Midlands trust opens dedicated ward for older patients


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.

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.

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Midlands trust opens dedicated ward for older patients

The new Ward 4 team at Burton


Readers' comments (3)

  • Are they really reinventing the wheel. Wards specifically for elderly patients. In the 60s we called them Geriatric Wards/Units and they were a valuable part of training.

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  • Hurrah at last they have realised that geriatric wards should never have been closed. Let's rebuild the geriatric hospitals that have been closed over the years and land sold for housing.

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  • wonder what the people all lumped together in the over 70's wards think of it.considering the variations in effects of aging and that they might feel worse when seeing only very distressed elderly people around.could exacerbate depression and illness...many hate the label 'geriatric' it is insensitive to want it back again

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