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Medicine for Older People

Our service sees older people in Buckinghamshire. We help people who have multiple conditions, functional impairment, and complex care needs.

Our team includes medical specialists, nursing teams working in hospitals and in the community. We provide care where it is needed, working closely with other local healthcare providers.

Contact us: 01296 838370

Inpatient treatment and care

Our goal is to provide diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness in older people who are admitted to hospital. We work with other members of the health and social care team with an aim for patients to return to a level of optimal health and, whenever possible, to return to independent life at home.

All patients admitted to the hospital will be assessed for risk of falling in hospital. Some patients may require additional observation to maintain their safety.

Medicine for Older People works collaboratively with the orthopaedics team in the care of older patients admitted with fractures, particularly hip fractures. A multidisciplinary team will assist with rehabilitation and contribute to planning your discharge from hospital.

Information about our wards

Information for patients about their stay in hospital

Patients who have received their initial acute treatment and are medically stable may be transferred to a post-discharge and rehabilitation ward either at our Amersham or Buckinghamshire hospital site. Information regarding this will be available from the Nurse in Charge or medical teams.

Information about our wards

Information about going home from hospital

Our Medicine for Older People team works collaboratively with our emergency department (A&E) to see and treat older patients who attend the emergency department but who do not need to be admitted to hospital.

Find out more about our Frailty Same Day Emergency Care ward.

Our community services and clinics

We see patients in our community hospitals, healthcare facilities and in their homes. Find out more about the different teams and services we offer:

Our Adult Community Healthcare team (ACHT) is made up of nurses, specialist nurses, assistant practitionersĀ and support workers.

Based in Wycombe Hospital, we provide a range of day services including patient assessments, treatment, therapeutic and clinical care. Your GP might refer you if they feel you would benefit from an urgent and intensive medical review. In most cases, weā€™ll see you the day after your GP appointment.

We run community-based hubs specifically for the frail and elderly people at our community hospitals in Thame and Marlow. Your GP may refer you to one of our community hubs if they think you may need a little more support than they are able to provide.

The Community Assessment and Treatment Service is a team of doctors, nurses, therapists and health care assistants who provide a service for frail and/or older patients with complex needs.

The service is for patients who have fallen or are at risk of falling who wish to stay steady and minimise further falls.

This service consists of an outpatient clinic based at Mandeville Wing in Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Your GP may refer you if they suspect you have Parkinsonā€™s Disease, or if they feel you may need assistance in managing your Parkinsonā€™s Disease.

If you experience bladder and/or bowel issues you can feel embarrassment, distress, a sense of loss of control and a lowered self-confidence and self-esteem.Ā The aim of our continence nurse-led service is to try to significantly improve your quality of life.

Patient information and resources