Older People’s Medicine

Our Older People’s Medicine (OPM) first opened its doors on 18 December 2017.

Our department is one of the largest in the Trust in terms of patient numbers with around 180 inpatients under the OPM teams at any time. OPM also have input to the care of patients in community hospitals and within other departments.

We offer a range of services such as a short stay ward (Holt Ward), the Ortho-Medical Unit on Dunston Ward and the Stroke Unit (Gunthorpe Ward). We are also involved with  the Early Integrated Discharge Team (EIT) and offer a range of outpatient services, such as the Rapid Access Clinic (for patients with multi-pathologies), the TIA Clinic (with Neurology) and the DATE Clinic . Our other wards for older people’s medicine are Loddon and Elsing Wards.

OPM strives to make improvements to services. This entails taking an active role in schemes such as the National Service Frameworks, Essence of Care, implementation of Royal College of Physician guidelines, the UEA School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, and the Clinical Governance programme.

OPED is a multi-disciplinary team with specialist doctors and nurses working in older people’s medicine, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, pharmacists and the Early Intervention Team from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C).

The team work closely with the Older People’s Assessment Service (OPAS) to allow GPs to book an appointment for a patient with a specialist geriatrician within 48 hours of referral.

The Older People’s Ambulatory Care (OPAC) service, also on Loddon Ward, allows patients to receive extra tests and assessments when they are brought into the hospital and can be discharged much earlier than previously.