Medicine for the elderly 

We offer a specialist service which caters for the medical needs of frail older people. We have particular expertise in managing the older adult with a frailty syndrome and multimorbidity. We work closely with a large team of therapists and older adult nurse specialists to deliver holistic, multidisciplinary care with the aim of improving a frail older person’s medical, functional and psychosocial outcomes. Our services include:

  • Acute Geriatric service: Geriatrician on AAU 7 days a week working with a multidisciplinary team to deliver early comprehensive geriatrics assessments in the acutely unwell frail elderly.
  • Inpatient services: Patients that need a prolonged period of specialist inpatient care are transferred from the Acute Admissions Unit to T7 or T10 ward.
  • Orthogeriatrics: We provide a consultant led liaison service which aims to improve outcomes in frail older patients with hip or other osteoporotic fractures.
  • General Surgical Liaison services: Consultant led liaison service to frail elderly patients under the GI surgeons.
  • Outpatients: We have three weekly general elderly medicine outpatient clinics per week.
  • Community Geriatric Service: We are increasingly working closely with our GP colleagues in Camden and Islington to deliver a better quality of care to the frail elderly in our local community. Geriatricians from UCLH provide input into community MDTs in both boroughs and are providing an in reach service into nursing homes in South Islington.
  • OAAT: The Older Adults Assessment Team is a team of clinical nurse specialists who support all patients with dementia at UCLH. Their role also involves carer support and staff training/support.

Conditions treated

We treat the following conditions in older people:

  • Frailty
  • Dementia/delirium
  • Falls/poor mobility
  • Incontinence
  • Movement disorders
  • Multimorbidity including organ failures
  • Polypharmacy

Service statistics

Approximately 2,000 inpatient episodes per year, covering acutely unwell people with multiple conditions.

All clinics have a minimal waiting time.

Dr Catherine Harvey Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Medicine for the elderly
Dr Arshad Rather General Medicine, Medicine for the elderly
Dr Bettina Wan Medicine for the elderly
Dr Catherine Bond Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Medicine for the elderly
Dr Nadia Raja Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Medicine for the elderly
Dr Daniel Davis Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Medicine for the elderly

 Contact details

Medicine for the elderly
University College Hospital
4th Floor East Wing
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 9910

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 9910
Fax: 020 3447 9652
Email: uclh.medicinefortheelderly@nhs.net

Service manager - Natalie Ronan
Email: natalieronan@nhs.net

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