The practice caters for the needs of older patients in the following ways:
- The appointments system allows for elderly patients to get the prompt advice they need without leaving their homes.
- When elderly patients are seen in surgery, it is easy for the doctor to plan for a prompt but longer appointment if required – our system is built on the premise of meeting the needs of the most ill patients first.
- Where elderly patients are too ill or infirm to leave their homes, our doctors start their daily home visits after 11pm, thanks to our appointment system. Hence, some of our most ill and frail patients avoid hospital admission because they get their medical treatment sooner or they are seen in secondary care early enough to allow for discharge without an overnight stay.
- Our doctors offer a ring pessary service so patients do not need to go to hospital for this treatment.
- The practice spearheads a collaborative effort with many other practices to ensure that patients in care homes can receive their flu jab at home.
- All patients 75 years old or over have a named GP – and a business card is available which shows patients which days their GP of Choice is in surgery.
- The most frail elderly patients will have a care plan provided and this will be reviewed at regular intervals. In these cases, your GP will contact you within three working days of receiving notification that you have been discharged from hospital.
- We work with the Community Matrons, District Nurses and Macmillan Nurses to provide the appropriate package of palliative care for our terminally ill patients.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over,
- people with a serious medical condition
- if you are pregnant
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
- healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
HPA - Season Flu Guide
Seasonal Flu Factsheet
Eating Well & Exercise - Helping You Maintain a Healthy Body
We're bombarded with scare stories about weight, from size zero to the obesity 'epidemic'. But a healthy body is determined by different factors for each of us.
NHS - Good Food Guide
Information on a healthy diet and ways to make it work for you
BBC Healthy Living - Nutrition
A good diet is central to overall good health, but which are the best foods to include in your meals, and which ones are best avoided? This section looks at the facts, to help you make realistic, informed choices
NHS - Why be active?
Even a little bit of exercise will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence and cut your risk of developing a serious illness.
BBC Healthy Living - Improve your levels of activity
Information and help for young and old about the benefits of increased physical activity & how to go about it!
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
For further information on issues affecting elderly people we recommend the websites below.
Relatives & Residents Association
Royal Voluntary Service
For further information on issues affecting carers the following websites are recommended.
FirstStop Care Advice
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Which? Elderly Care