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Department of elderly medicine (DME)

Location

Level 4, Royal Derby Hospital
(The nearest entrance is the main entrance)

About

The department of medicine for the elderly offers inpatient and outpatient services to older people.

We cater particularly for the frail elderly or those with many medical problems. We provide inpatient rehabilitation services for the elderly at the London Road Community Hospital and outreach services to local community hospitals.

We have specialist clinics for falls, and Parkinson’s disease (Winners Hospital Doctor Parkinson’s Disease Team of the Year 2007, National Parkinson’s Foundation Centre of Excellence).

Services

  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment for inpatients and outpatients.
  • A holistic assessment for elderly patients including cognitive, walking and self care abilities as well as medical problems.


Inpatients:

  • inpatient services for the frail elderly, including those presenting with acute confusional state or falls and those with many medical problems and impaired self-caring ability
  • orthogeriatrics liaison – reviewing older patients who have broken their hips
  • old age psychiatry liaison
  • inpatient rehabilitation at London Road Community Hospital


Outpatients:

  • general medical outpatient clinics for the elderly
  • outreach clinics at Ripley Hospital, Ilkeston Hospital and St. Oswald’s Hospital.
  • specialist falls clinic (Monday and Tuesday afternoon)
  • syncope (blackouts) and dizziness clinics for older people
  • multidisciplinary Parkinson’s clinic (Friday pm)
  • nurse-led continence clinics (Mondays all day)
  • comprehensive geriatric assessment at the Specialist Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC)
  • community hospital rehabilitation (Derbyshire County PCT – Babington and St. Oswald’s hospitals)
  • domiciliary consultations at GP’s request