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Darling Downs Health October Update 2019

October 09, 2019

Acute Geriatric Evaluation Service (AGES) is expanding

The Acute Geriatric Evaluation Service (AGES) provided by Darling Downs Health to Residential Aged Care Facilities and General Practitioners is expanding to include a GEDI service.

The Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) will target frail older persons who present to the emergency department, and through the provision of a GEDI team, will wrap specialist gerontic care and services around that person to improve patient outcomes. These outcomes might include avoidance of a hospital admission, access to specialist care via a Hot Clinic, decreased length of stay in the ED prior to admission or the identification of services and/or specialist consults required at the point of admission to decrease length of hospital stay.

The Health Improvement Unit (HIU) under Clinical Excellence Queensland has produced a suite of collaborative pathways for use by General Practitioners and Registered Nurses working in Residential Aged Care Facilities. These pathways are not meant to be prescriptive or replace clinical judgement but are provided by Darling Downs Health to assist in supporting clinical care decision making.

These initiatives are aimed at continually improving the journey and access to care for the older person across the healthcare continuum.

If you would like any further information, please contact the AGES Team at DDHHS-AGES@health.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 46166671.

Neuropsychiatry Clinic no longer accepting external referrals

The Neuropsychiatry clinic is no longer accepting referrals from external services including General Practitioners. Persons who require care from a mental health service should continue to be referred to the Acute Care team as per usual processes.

Acute Care Team:
Contact Number: 1300 642 255 | Fax: 4616 5388

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