Keeping frail old folk out of hospital

February 04 2015

Keeping frail old folk out of hospital

A NEW service at Cossham Hospital to assess whether frail elderly people need to be admitted to hospital is set to get under way this month.

The Rapid Access Clinic will be opened by North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT).

South Gloucestershire health and public health scrutiny committee was told that nurses had been recruited and consultant support would be available four days a week for the clinic, which is due to open in the week beginning February 9.

GPs will be able to refer patients about whom they have concerns. The idea is that they can be seen within two to three days and given timely advice and guidance, which it is hoped will reduce the need for a hospital admission. 



PEOPLE are being invited to get involved with future health services for very elderly people in South Gloucestershire.

The number of people over the age of 85 in the district is expected to increase 27 per cent by 2018 and 153 per cent by 2035.

The Clinical Commissioning Group is trying to work out how it can create affordable services that can keep pace with growing demand.

The CCG describes these services as 3Rs - rehabilitation, reablement and recovery. It would like to hear from people who have recent experience of these services and would like to be involved in the development work.

A series of meetings is taking place this month and a regular 3Rs newsletter is planned.

For further information, contact Rachel Saunders on 0117 900 2278 or email her at You can also find details on the CCG website.