Hospital Care for the Elderly to be Revolutionised?

According to the head of the NHS, hospitals are “very bad places” for elderly people. Sir David Nicholson stated that hospitals were not the right place to care for “old, frail” people. He compared treatment of the elderly to the treatment of mental health patients in 1960s and 1970s in large asylums.

Sir David plans to revolutionise care for the elderly by treating conditions in the community and attempting to keep patients out of hospital. He says that community based treatment centres, managing long term conditions and preventing falls will be the key to future care of the elderly

Sir David’s comments come after a lot of publicity regarding sub-standard care of the elderly, including at Stafford Hospital where it is thought that up to 1,200 patients may have died unnecessarily.

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