The Orthogeriatric Service is a specialist service that provides:
- geriatrician assistance in the care of older adults under orthopaedic teams with a view to assisting in optimising peri-operative care
- assessment of appropriate patients for transfer to rehabilitation wards
- lead multidisciplinary team of allied staff and orthopaedic house surgeons participating in discharge planning of older adults and provide liaison with rehabilitation services.
A ‘falls and osteoporosis’ clinic allows a process for assessing and treating patients with recurrent falls, osteoporosis and fractures.
The orthogeriatric team currently consists of two SMOs, one registrar and one orthogeriatric coordinator.