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Patients over 75 encouraged to attend Cumberland Infirmary's frailty clinic

Posted on Thursday 4th February 2016
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Deborah Baglee, ward manager for the assessment and therapy centre (left), and Hannah West, staff nurse

Population ageing is causing a larger demand for services in north Cumbria but a new frailty clinic at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is a way people can potentially avoid a hospital admission.

The clinic assesses people in all aspects of their health – their memory, diet, mobility and social circumstances – to give an overall picture of their physical and mental health. This is then turned into a complete treatment plan which focusses on their rehabilitation, support and long term follow ups with their GP, to prevent them being involved in a fall or other accident which might result in a hospital admission.

Run by the assessment and therapy centre at the Cumberland Infirmary the frailty clinic is open to people in the Carlisle area over 75. GPs can refer patients they feel would benefit from an assessment or patients can be referred from other parts of the hospital.

Deborah Baglee, ward manager for the assessment and therapy centre said: “This is a comprehensive review of an older person’s health. Not only does it look at their physical and mental health but also their social surroundings. We want to encourage people to see their GP and ask for an assessment if they think they need one.

“This assessment increases independence, people are more likely to remain in their own home, and we work on achieving their goals so each outcome is tailored to the individual.”