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Urgent advice and on-call Geriatrician

Urgent Advice

The Older People's Unit carries out a separate on-call rota from the rest of the medical division, and therefore there is always a Geriatrician on-call for patient advice and reviews as needed. We are happy to discuss patients with other teams within the hospital, or with GPs, especially around the area of admission avoidance.

The on-call Geriatrician starts with the Geriatrics post-take ward round at 8am, seeing all the acutely admitted patients considered to be appropriate for our service. Criteria for which patients are appropriate to be seen on the geriatrics post-take ward round can be found here (external link).

At the weekends, the geriatrician of the day also sees any hip fracture patients that have been admitted out of hours.  They then liaise with the ACE unit to aid with decision-making for patients who are considered to be rapid turnaround, and who need a consultant review or decision.

The on-call Geriatrician varies from day to day, but they can always be contacted through switch as needed. There is also a GP advice line that can be contacted on 07717 272135 between 9am and 4pm. The phone is held by one of the secretaries who will take a message and arrange for a call-back from the most appropriate member of the team. Additionally we have an email account ( which is checked daily by the secretaries and queries forwarded to the most appropriate person for response.

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