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Frailty Unit

This page was last updated: February 28th, 2023

A Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) service operates from Frailty unit, alongside an acute inpatient service for frail older people.
The integrated medical, nursing and therapy team on the Ward work across both areas of the ward. The SDEC service works closely with the ambulance service and the Emergency Department to identify patients who need a comprehensive old age specialist assessment and treatment intervention. This intervention is hoped to avoid a hospital admission, returning patient back to the previous home environment quickly with any additional support and follow-up care they require.

If older people living with frailty are assessed with the ambulance service and frailty specialist nursing service to require a short inpatient stay, to receive investigations and treatment, they can be admitted to the inpatient side of the ward. Here alongside these interventions, a rapid discharge plan is co-ordinated to reduce any un-necessarily long stay in hospital. A stay in these beds is usually one or two days.

Frailty unit is also a Training Centre for Health Care Support Workers. We bring into the organisation people who are new to care roles and provide practical training for them in a structured and co-ordinated way. These ‘new-to-care’ recruits are supervised by the core ward team and undertake a six-week ‘Introduction to Care’ course. This leads to a National Care Certificate on completion and opportunities to work elsewhere within our Trust or across the NHS system.


Important Visiting RestrictionsDue to the Covid pandemic, restrictions have been made to the usual visiting times and rules listed below. Please view our Covid Visiting restrictions.

Visiting Frailty unit

Visiting times are by prior arrangement, in accordance with the Trust’s updated Covid Visitors’ policy. Visiting someone in hospital – latest arrangements

You will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR or lateral flow test every time you visit the ward. You can contact the ward by calling 01872 25 2191.

Top Tips when visiting

  • Please introduce yourself and tell us who you are visiting
  • You will be asked to complete a disclaimer form and have your temperature taken. You will also be required to wash your hands and don the appropriate PPE before the start of your visit
  • Feel free to help out at mealtimes
  • Do not disturb clinical staff during medicine rounds
  • When asked to leave a bay or room, please respect our request
  • When you leave the ward following your visit, you will need to remove your PPE, dispose of it properly, and then wash your hands.

Directions to Frailty unit

Frailty unit is located on the first floor of the new Tremenel Unit, between Tower Block and the Princess Alexandra Wing.(Note: access is via the Ground Floor).
Frailty unit is accessed via the GROUND FLOOR of Tower Block, close to the Eye Unit. When you enter the Tower Block, follow signs to the Eye Unit and then for Frailty unit. Walk through the short link corridor into the Tremenel Unit and then up the stairs or take the lift to the first floor.

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