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  1. News Article
    The NHS is “flying blind” and “woefully unprepared” to cope with England’s rapidly ageing population, senior doctors have warned as stark new figures reveal the country has only one full-time geriatrician to care for every 8,000 older people. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said the drastic shortage of specially trained physicians to look after the rising number of elderly people and a lack of NHS workforce planning meant England was “sleepwalking into an avoidable crisis of care for older people”. Its analysis of NHS and Office for National Statistics data shows there is just
  2. Content Article
    My mother, 87 years, was admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. At the time, she was on a strong dose of a GP-prescribed opioid (fentanyl) to manage her growing lung cancer. The Duty doctor in the hospital seemed panicked as she was so unwell and used a drug to totally reverse her morphine as they thought she had overdosed. This caused excruciating pain for most of the last 60 hours of her life. They hadn’t properly assessed the history of her prescription or asked me, her documented health advocate, about the drug or my mother’s end of life wishes. After a 2-year long traumatic j
  3. Content Article
    The number of over-85s in England with dementia or other long-term health conditions is predicted to almost double between 2015 and 2035, placing huge demand on geriatric services. This GIRFT report for geriatric medicine focuses on care for older adults with complex needs, including patients living with two or more long-term heath conditions or frailty. It makes 19 recommendations, including the formation of a collaborative integrated frailty system to prevent frailty and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions You will need a FutureNHS account to view this report, or you can watch a shor
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