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).
- Over 65 years old
- Presenting 09:00 to 16:00 with frailty syndrome
- Monday to Friday
- No 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).