The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
We have an exciting range of guest bloggers and welcome news and commentary on geriatric medicine from all those working in the field of geriatric medicine. Read our guidelines on submitting a blog for more details.
All content is moderated by the blog editor. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the British Geriatrics Society.
Timely Discharge Series: Two sides of the same coin
This is the third blog in the BGS’s ‘Timely Discharge’ series. We aim to raise awareness of the detrimental effects on older people of being stuck in hospital when they are 'medically fit for discharge'. Our blog series explores the causes of delayed discharges, the knock-on effects to the wider health and social care system, and what needs to change.
Timely Discharge Series: “Where’s Lammy?! I want to go HOME!”
This is the second blog in the BGS’s ‘Timely Discharge’ series. We aim to raise awareness of the detrimental effects on older people of being stuck in hospital when they are 'medically fit for discharge'. Our blog series explores the causes of delayed discharges, the knock-on effects to the wider health and social care system, and what needs to change.
Timely Discharge Series: “Nobody knows!”
This is the first blog in the BGS’s ‘Timely Discharge’ Blog Series which seeks to address the issue of older people getting stuck in hospital for want of care once they are discharged from a variety of perspectives.
What’s the evidence to help end deconditioning in hospital?
In early 2020, as an early career researcher, I was given the exciting opportunity to join an international collaboration to undertake a systematic review, an opportunity that was too good to turn down.
World Cerebral Palsy Day, 6 Oct 2021: Does it matter to a geriatrician?
“They told my mum he would never live beyond twelve, Dr Colquhoun, so no-one has bothered with his Cerebral Palsy (CP) since”. That is what the sister of Mr C told me when she came with her brother to my Older Adult Clinic.
‘Digital Equity for All Ages’ on International Day of Older Persons 2021
This year’s theme for the International Day of Older Persons is digital equity for all ages. This is timely given the acceleration of the use of digital communications and services during the pandemic and the risks that some people, particularly older people, could be left behind. In Wales 41% of people over the age of 75 are not online and are at an increasing disadvantage in many aspects of life as a result.
Keeping John out of hospital with a two-hour crisis response
Last week I was called by the ambulance team who were at the house of John, who had advanced dementia, had not been eating and drinking well for about a month and had fallen today.
A new book of SCE questions for geriatric medicine. But why? Another one?
Dr Duncan Forsyth’s co-authored book is one of the best specialty certificate examination (SCE) geriatrics books on the market. In fact, it is one of the only SCE geriatrics books on the market.
I’m a nurse but not as most people know it!
“So you used to be a nurse?” I am often asked by colleagues who work in mainstream health or social care services. “I am still a nurse!” I respond! “Just a different sort of nurse!”
NAHP Council Communities of Practice Update
In April and May, we completed our first events, pulling in Nurse and Allied Health Professional colleagues from across the four nations to our new Communities of Practice.
A summary of the BGS Scotland Spring Meeting 2021
The leadership and enthusiasm of the BGS Scottish Council, along with the support of the BGS conference team, ensured that the BGS Scottish Spring Meeting was back on the calendar for 2021.
My Brilliant Career…as an SAS doctor
Even as a medical student I was drawn to elderly patients, but as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in a busy London hospital I soon found that I did not thrive on the acute ward.
Chair and Deputy Chair of the BGS Nurse and AHP Council: Expressions of interest now open!
We will complete our term this Autumn and we would love to take this opportunity to tell you about these two fantastic vacancies within the BGS NAHP Council and entice you to step up and put yourself forward.
Final call for your favourite poetry and prose on ageing!
Who do you think wrote the best poem on ageing? Could it be Yeats, Keats, Frost, Cope, Barrett Browning, Wordsworth, or even Shakespeare?
Do you Dare to Care?
Do you dare to care? We have typically been called into our professional roles because we want to directly care for others. If not, we might have been technicians or scientists instead of healthcare professionals.
Chair of the Trainees Council: Expressions of interest now open!
Would I recommend the role? 100% yes! It really has been a brilliant opportunity! I have felt warmly invited into the BGS family and have also loved getting to know the other trainee officers in the other roles on the council.
Incontinence management in older people: A wake-up call
Current urinary incontinence (UI) guidelines often mention older adults with frailty but the detail and nuance of continence care for this group are not often well described. Supporting older people with urinary incontinence takes time and can be resource-intensive.
Care home visits during the pandemic - a look into the past and a view into the future
Although we’ve been in the grip of the pandemic for a little over a year now, in reality it feels more like a decade, with new restrictions, new lockdowns, and fortunately - thanks to vaccines and increased testing -, finally some new emerging hope that we may soon regain a semblance of normality.