Clinics & services

Elderly Assessment

  • Description

    For urgent advice about an elderly patient you have a number of options for urgent advice about an elderly patient, including emergency advice, elderly assessment centre, comprehensive geriatric assessment and ambulatory care.

  • Patient types/symptoms

    For emergency advice to avoid admission - contact the elderly care consultant on ward 9 at The Northumbria hospital 8am-8pm, seven days a week - 0191 607 2860.

    At Hexham General Hospital, elderly patients requiring urgent (non-emergency) assessment can be referred into the dedicated elderly assessment centre which aims to assess patients and discharge the same day wherever possible, returning home with a care plan in place that meets their health and social care needs. This may include:

    - Elderly/frail patients who are not physiologically unstable; able to attend the EAC by 2pm that day or able to wait overnight for next morning review in EAC. Those who cannot wait until next day/after weekend will by definition be unstable enough to need to come in via the acute take.

    - Patients on your high risk patient/frail elderly lists who require urgent multidisciplinary/geriatrician review

    - Recently discharged frail elderly patients, who have deteriorated and would benefit from review by members/colleagues of the inpatient team involved in their care.

    - Patients with unexpectedly abnormal blood tests on routine testing


    Within North Tyneside - for less urgent patients (those that need comprehensive geriatric assessment, CGA, within the week), please continue to refer to the Jubilee Day Hospital (see under Jubilee Day Hospital) .

    For urgent assessment of older patients who do NOT require a comprehensive geriatric assessment, and may not require admission but do need to be seen urgently, please refer to ambulatory care at The Northumbria . This provides urgent assessment of patients with a range of conditions such as suspected PE/DVT, cellulitis, AF, anaemia, skin and soft tissue infections. This list is not exhaustive, please call for advice. See under Medical Ambulatory Care (MAC)

  • Location

    The Northumbria hospital (for urgent advice and ambulatory care), Hexham General Hospital (for elderly assessment centre, Jubilee Day Hospital (for less urgent comprehensive geriatric assessment)

  • Opening Times

    Emergency advice – Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, seven days a week

    Elderly assessment centre, Hexham - Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm (last appointment time 2pm)

    Ambulatory care - 8am-10pm, seven days a week (last referrals 7pm for same day review)

    Jubilee Day Hospital - Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm (new patient sessions Monday and Thursday am)

Referral Information

For emergency advice to avoid admission - contact the elderly care consultant on ward 9 at The Northumbria hospital 8am-8pm, seven days a week - 0191 607 2860.

Elderly assessment centre, Hexham General Hospital - 01434 655 406/7

Or call the GP hotline on 0191 203 1414

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