The Elderly Care Department has two Acute Admission units dedicated for those who are older and those with frailty needs over the age of 65. These dedicated elderly care facilities are based on Ward 41 at Pinderfields (Pinderfields Acute Care of the Elderly or PACE Unit) and Ward 9 at Dewsbury and District Hospital (Dewsbury Acute Care of the Elderly or DACE Unit).
Each of these units aims to provide a comprehensive geriatric assessment of each patients’ needs taking into account their physical, mental and holistic needs. The intention of the assessment wards is to discharge those who are suitable for rapid/ early discharge within 72 hours of admission or move patients to the most appropriate ward or service for ongoing care. This ward has a daily consultant ward round including over the weekend and therefore, some individuals may remain longer on this unit if necessary.
The two units are slightly different:
- Pinderfields Acute Care of the Elderly Unit provides more complex care for those that require tests which are only available in and out of hours at Pinderfields Hospital such as endoscopic procedures or require specialist reviews.
- Dewsbury and District Hospital benefits from support by the Acute Frailty Team previously named the Rapid Elderly Assessment Care Team, which is dedicated to ensuring that that comprehensive geriatric assessment is completed on every patient. The team also supports those with advanced frailty on other wards at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
Our acute services aim to provide rapid multidisciplinary assessment of those with frailty by ensuring patients are at the centre of everything we do. We achieve holistic comprehensive geriatric assessments in eligible patients by caring for them and their families. Members of the team enable true engagement and take time to ensure the best for the patients.
Increasingly, we also provide support to the Same Day Emergency Care Unit to ensure rapid turnaround care to enable patients to remain in their home environment as long as possible by providing extended and timely reviews to those who need specialist input or hospital based investigations and therapies rather than them needing an overnight hospital admission.