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Senior health is the branch of general medicine concerned with the clinical, preventive, remedial and social aspects of illness of older people. Their high morbidity rates, different patterns of disease presentation, slower response to treatment and requirements for social support, call for special medical, nursing and therapy skills. The purpose is to restore an ill and disabled person to a level of maximum ability and, wherever possible, return the person to an independent life at home (The British Geriatrics Society, Compendium document 1.1, 2005).
The Senior health service provides a comprehensive range of acute geriatric and rehabilitation services from St George’s Hospital and St John’s Therapy Centre in Battersea. These services currently include:
- Acute and rehabilitation inpatient service based on three wards on the St George’s Hospital site, with a needs-related admissions policy
- Orthogeriatric rehabilitation for post-operative fractured neck of femur patients
- Outpatient clinics at St George’s Hospital and the St John’s Therapy Centre
- Day Hospital service at St John’s Therapy Centre
- Domiciliary consultations
The department also provides specialist advice to intermediate care beds managed by the Wandsworth PCT and is represented at Wandsworth PCT Continuing Care Panel. There is close liaison with colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry of Old Age based at Springfield Hospital.
020 8725 3503
020 8725 3502
Fax: 020 8725 2855
St John's Day Hospital Team Reception
020 8812 5377
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) offers information, support and advice about St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust services.
Tel: 020 8725 2453
Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Out-Patient Care Clinics
Clinics are held at both St George's Hospital and St John's Therapy Centre. The Department currently runs the following clinics:
St John's Therapy Centre - Dr Judith Cole - Monday am
St George's Hospital - Dr Katy Davies - Tuesday am
St John's Therapy Centre - Dr Mark Cottee - Wednesday am
St George's Hospital - Dr Martin-Marero - Friday am
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