Two new teams have started work this week at Queen’s Hospital in Burton to provide specialist help for frail elderly patients and those with dementia.
Three advanced nurse practitioners will make up one team that will work exclusively with frail, elderly patients admitted to the hospital, run by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
One of the ANPs will aim to see patients within 30 minutes of admission and make a personal care plan, order x-rays and prescribe drugs so they can start receiving treatment as soon as possible.
The team will work from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, with support at weekends from the therapies team.
Meanwhile, 10 new nursing assistants are starting work in a second team providing enhanced care exclusively for patients with dementia.
Trust director of nursing Brendan Brown said: “I am delighted to welcome to the trust the staff members who will make up these two new teams who will be helping us to enhance the care we provide to elderly patients and those with dementia. I know they will prove to be a valuable asset.”