The Frailty Assessment unit was opened in December 2016 and is a MDT led unit providing rapid assessment to patients over the age of 65yrs living with Frailty. FAU is made up of a 12 bed short stay unit (72hr stay) and ambulatory care area where we assess and discharge patients on the same day.

We identify patients using the Rockwood Scale (Clinical Frailty Scale - please see below) and by frailty syndromes such as falls, cognitive impairment, reduced mobility and continence issues.

Each patient is seen by a multidisciplinary team including nursing, medical, pharmacy and therapy staff who provide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA).

Inclusion criteria:

  • Over 65 years old
  • Presenting 09:00 to 16:00 with frailty syndrome
  • Monday to Friday
  • No exclusion criteria.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Suspected or new TIA or Stroke
  • Acute chest pain/suspected MI
  • Trauma with a suspected fracture, requiring orthopaedic or medical admission
  • Minor injury requiring intervention (e.g. laceration requiring suturing)
  • Head injury/trauma, unconscious GCS <14
  • Collapsed patient requiring resuscitation
  • Acute abdominal pain
  • End of life care (receiving end of life medications).


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